Seniors Day Salute! Volleyball Takes Care of Wilmington in Three

Pictured: Carlie Wilson (left), Kirsten Jutte (right). Credit: Capital University Athletics
Pictured: Carlie Wilson (left), Kirsten Jutte (right). Credit: Capital University Athletics

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, OhioCarlie Wilson and Kirsten Jutte made a moment they will surely not soon forget when on Senior Day they helped will the Capital University volleyball team to a straight-set win in the final home match of their respective collegiate careers. The Crusaders took down the Fightin' Quakers of Wilmington College, 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-15), on Tuesday night.

A MOMENT FOR THE SENIORS

While senior Kirsten Jutte (Fort Recovery, Ohio / Fort Recovery) and Carlie Wilson (Richwood, Ohio / North Union) had the spotlight on them and their families prior to the game, allow us a minute to cast a glow on their numbers from Tuesday night's match.

  • Jutte came out of the gate firing with three of her eight kills in the first set.
  • Carlie Wilson shined in the first as well, tallying two block assists in the opening frame.
  • Wilson came back with two more kills in the second to finish with four on nine attempts on the night (.222).
  • After two more kills in the second, Jutte tallied three in the third to just one error on seven attempts. She would finish the evening with eight kills and hit .150 on the evening.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Capital did well in keeping Wilmington out of rotation, leading to the Crusaders holding 110-92 advantage in attack attempts. They converted on those extra hits, posting a .200 kill percentage as a team to Wilmington's .098.
  • Wilmington also struggled on the defensive end after committing 10 reception errors, which also equaled the number of service errors.
  • Capital hit its best in the second set when they rocked a .333 attack percentage and committed just three errors on 33 attempts to go with 14 kills.
  • Cap rolled to wins of 25-19, 25-17 and 25-15 to complete the sweep and hand Wilmington its 10th consecutive loss and ninth in straight sets.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

  • While things were flowing in Capital's favor, the defense came up big to give the crowd another huge lift. Up 22-14 in the third, a long rally broke out and forced Cap to work to close out the match.
  • Paree Furness showed hustle and sacrifice when tracking down a ball that flew off of Reagan Willoughby's dig attempt. Just before crashing into her own team bench, she returned the ball back into play to save the rally.
  • Willoughby was then tested again on a strong attack attempt from the other side of the net. She made the dig but the ball rattled off the rafters at The Capital Center where Furness again tracked the ball, which continued to rapidly change directions. She settled under the ball and again lofted the ball up to keep the rally going.
  • A third attack attempt by Wilmington came at the net with the hopes that a soft touch would grant them the point, but senior Carlie Wilson reached out and knocked the ball back into the air, where Erin O'Connell played it forward to Miranda Jordan, who was waiting for the kill shot. Her overhand attack from the eight-foot line broke the Quakers' block and landed them the point and a jubilant celebration.

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KEY CONTRIBUTORS

  • Junior outside hitter Leighann Osborne (Canal Winchester, Ohio / Pickerington North) led both sides with 12 kills and a .290 hit percentage. She committed just three errors on a team-high 31 attempts.
  • Isabel Jimenez took the setting duties again and put forth 26 assists to guide the offense. She also had four of the Crusaders' 10 service aces and three block assists. She completed the double-double effort with 10 digs.
  • Four additional service aces came from sophomore Miranda Jordan. Jordan also led the Crusaders with 11 digs.
  • Sophomore Delanie Nahikian also had a strong night with eight kills.
  • Taylor McCuistion served as Wilmington's strongest performer contributing in multiple categories. She shared the team lead in kills (6) and assists (9) and posted eight digs.

THE GRAND FINALE

The Crusaders will play its last regular season game of the season and attempt to keep its postseason hopes alive against rival Otterbein University this Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders and Cardinals will square off at The Rike Center at 1 p.m. If Capital wins, they still have an opportunity to advance to the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament. A loss would end their season.