Crusaders Unable to Sustain Early Lead Against Pioneers

Pictured: Kirsten Jutte (photo credit: Joe Maiorana)
Pictured: Kirsten Jutte (photo credit: Joe Maiorana)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

MARIETTA, Ohio – Despite taking an early lead and another strong performance by senior hitter Kirsten Jutte, the Capital University volleyball team was unable to claim its first conference win following a 3-1 loss to Marietta College on Tuesday night.

CRUSADERS GET ON THE BOARD FIRST

  • Out of the gate, Capital rolled out to a 5-2 lead with Miranda Jordan at the service line.
  • Marietta came back to take a four-point lead, which it maintained late in the first set, but Capital's late rally which led to a 22-22 tie put the Crusaders back in the driver's seat.
  • The Crusaders then went on to score the last three points of the set to take the 1-0 lead.
  • Capital had its best offensive set in the first. While they did not outhit the Pioneers, the Crusaders hit at a .200 mark, its highest of the match.

MARIETTA RESPONDS

  • Marietta responded in the second by hitting .316 in the second set, leading to the Pioneers taking a 25-19 decision to tie the match at one game apiece.
  • Cap held a four-point lead near the midway point of the second, but Marietta rolled out an 8-0 rally to retake the advantage both in the set and shift the momentum of the match.

PIONEERS USE THE MOMENTUM

  • Marietta went on to take the fourth set, 25-21, despite hitting at its worst rate of the match (.156), but the Crusaders were unable to take advantage of that after posting a .103 success rate.
  • With just a one-point lead, the Crusaders held the chance to tie the match but a service error widened the gap. Three kills on its last four rallies granted Marietta the win and a 2-1 edge in the match.
  • A 6-0 rally during the middle of the fourth set created a buffer between the Crusaders and Pioneers which favored the hosts. Marietta never led by fewer than six points from that point on and took the set and the match, 25-19.

KEY CONTRIBUTORS

  • Senior Kristen Jutte and junior Leighann Osborne both had 10 kills in the match to lead the Crusaders offense. Jutte also had nine digs and four block assists, while Osborne tallied two block assists.
  • Freshmen Caleigh Hamby matched Jutte at the net with four block assists, feeding into the team's 14 in that category.
  • Miranda Jordan and Erin O'Connell both resided in double figures in digs with 13 and 16, respectively.
  • Capital hit .149 as a team compared to Marietta's .233.
  • Marietta spread the wealth across all stat lines with four players with 10-plus kills and another four, all different, which put forth 10 or more digs.

NEXT UP

Capital (8-16, 0-4 OAC) will seek its first conference victory this Saturday, October 19, when it hosts the University of Mount Union. The Purple Raiders and Crusaders will engage at The Capital Center Performance Arena at 1 p.m.