Volleyball Comes Up Empty in Trip to the Empire State

Pictured: Delanie Nahikian (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Delanie Nahikian (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

FREDONIA, N.Y. – Capital University Volleyball had a quick turnaround from Friday night's action and jumped right back into the saddle on Saturday with two matches at Fredonia State University. The Crusaders dropped a pair of 3-0 decisions first to host Fredonia and then to visiting Ithaca College.

MATCH 1 - Capital 0, Fredonia 3 (25-20, 25-14, 25-20)

In the first set, Fredonia jumped out on an 8-1 run to begin the match and held that advantage through to the end of the set. The Blue Devils hit .333 to Cap's .074 in the first set.

Capital's hit percentage took a step backward before making a leap forward in the third, but Fredonia remained steady on the offensive end to hold off the Crusaders in both the second and third sets. Down 9-8 in the second, the Blue Devils rattled off an 11-point run to fuel their breakaway toward a 2-0 advantage in the match. Capital held a lead, 16-13, in the middle of the third set but was outscored 12-4 as they continued onward.

Three Crusaders shared the team lead for kills in the match. Delanie Nahikiam, Kirsten Jutte and Olivia Hale all tallied four kills each. Hale also included five digs on her line. Jessica Gavlak had a team-high four block assists to feed into the team's eight total blocks.

Sallayanne Rudny posted 13 kills, five digs and three block assists to lead the Blue Devils.


MATCH 2 - Capital 0, Ithaca 3 (25-9, 25-11, 25-12)

The Bombers of Ithaca College held a great advantage at the net by posting six blocks to Capital's two and having hit better than 50 percent in the match. Ithaca used its powerful offense, which committed just nine errors over a total of 72 attacks. They also tallied eight service aces to help carry them to wide-margin wins in all three sets.

Nahikian had a team-high five kills to lead the Crusaders, while Hale led the Crusaders with six digs in the match. Hale also added four more kills on the offensive end.


Capital (0-16) will rest until Tuesday when they hit the road again for Heidelberg University in another Ohio Athletic Conference contest. First service between the Student Princes and Crusaders will be at 7 p.m.