Cap Volleyball Downed Twice in Opening Day of Hanover Invitational

Pictured: Erin O'Connell (left) and Isabelle Jimenez (right). Photo credit: Joe Maiorana
Pictured: Erin O'Connell (left) and Isabelle Jimenez (right). Photo credit: Joe Maiorana

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

HANOVER, Ind. – The Capital University volleyball team took two losses on the opening day of the Hanover College Invitational. They lost to host Hanover and Trine College, both by counts of 3-0, on Friday night.

Capital 0, Hanover 3 - stats

Capital 0, Trine 3 - stats

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Capital lost to Hanover in three sets by scores of 25-22, 25-10, and 25-15 after hitting in the negative in all three sets.
  • The Crusaders came back and played Trine University (Ind.) and lost to the Thunder in three (25-19, 25-21, 25-20), though the Crusaders' hit percentages improved.
  • Capital is now 4-7 overall and has lost three straight heading into the second day of the Hanover Invitational.

STRUGGLES ON 'O'

  • In Capital's first match against Hanover, the Crusaders committed 10 or more errors in each of the three sets played, resulting in negative hit percentages in all three.
  • As a team, Cap hit -.115 while Hanover hit .237 and also achieved five blocks (1 solo, 8 block assists).
  • While CU improved in its second match, they still hit just .061 in the loss to Trine.
  • In match two, Cap also committed five service errors and nine reception errors.

STAT LEADERS

  • Freshman Bradan Mast led Cap in match one with five kills on 11 attacks (.091), plus four digs.
  • Senior Kirsten Jutte had a team-high six kills on 21 chances (.143) against Trine.
  • Sophomore Erin O'Connell combined for 33 digs between the two matches to lead the squad in that category.
  • Sophomore setter Jenay Kocsis recorded a team-high nine assists in each match.

SHORT MEMORY

  • Capital will have little time to ponder the losses with two games on Saturday to close out its weekend road trip. They will play Franklin College (Ind.) at 10 a.m. and Adrian College at 12 p.m.