Volleyball: Mount Union Sweeps Capital in OAC Opener

Brooke Knollman (Photo by JT Higgins)
Brooke Knollman (Photo by JT Higgins)

COLUMBUS, Ohio- Mount Union's volleyball team started their Ohio Athletic Conference season with a 3-0 win at Capital Saturday at The Capital Center.

The Purple Raiders rolled to the straight set victory 25-16, 25-10, and 25-11 and moved to 12-6 overall on the season while Capital fell to 4-17.

Mount Union was led by Brooke Knollman (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) and Morgan Chapman (Seven Fields, Pa./ Seneca Valley) with 11 and 10 kills respectively. Riley Schenk (Lorain/Amherst Steele) led the team in assists with 19 while Elise Nickoli (Monroeville/Norwalk St. Paul) led in digs with 13.

Capital was led by Kasey Parkhurst with eight kills and Katie Weilbacher with 14 assists.

The score in game one was tied at 8-8 when the Raiders scored six-straight points to lead 14-8, Capital closed to within three points at 15-12 and 19-16 but Mount Union scored the last five points -- two on aces from Allison Baird (North Royalton/North Royalton) to win 25-16.

The Raiders jumped out to a 12-5 lead in game two, but Capital rallied again making the score 13-10.  Four straight points from Mount Union including a pair of kills from Chapman stretched the lead back out to seven as the Raiders finished the game on an 11-0 run to win 25-10.

It was more of the same in the third game as again Mount Union ran out to a 12-5 lead and went on to the 25-11 win for the sweep.

Mount Union hit .321 for the match while Capital managed just a .082 hitting percentage. 

The Raiders next host Marietta for the annual Dig for a Cure match Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

                            Short Box Score (Match)
            Mount Union vs Capital (Oct 03, 2015 at Columbus, Ohio)
  Mount Union def. Capital 25-17,25-10,25-11
  Mount Union (12-6, 1-0 OAC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Brooke Knollman
  11-0-0; Morgan Chapman 10-0-2; Mallory Sliman 5-0-2; Caitlyn Synek
  5-0-2; Sabrina Ochoa 4-0-1; Riley Schenk 4-2-0; Kyleigh Jackson 3-0-1;
  Celia Barrett 1-1-0; Emma Mathieson 1-0-0; Mary Beth Keck 1-0-1; Elise
  Nickoli 0-1-0; Allison Baird 0-2-0; Totals 45-6-5.0. (Assists) - Riley
  Schenk 19; Allison Baird 11; Kelly Johnson 11. (Dig leaders) - Elise
  Nickoli 13; Allison Baird 12; Morgan Chapman 9; Kelly Johnson 8
  Capital (4-17, 0-2 OAC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Kasey Parkhurst 8-0-1;
  Becca Kapavik 4-0-1; Kirsten Nickles 3-0-1; Jess Troutwine 2-0-3;
  Nichole Webber 2-0-0; Katie Weilbacher 1-0-2; Caitlin McDivitt 1-0-0;
  Kelsie Winterfield 1-0-0; Graysan Braun 1-0-0; Totals 23-0-4.0.
  (Assists) - Katie Weilbacher 14. (Dig leaders) - Jessica Winstel 12;
  Katie Weilbacher 10; Caitlin McDivitt 10; Kirsten Nickles 8
  Site: Columbus, Ohio (Capital Center)
  Date: Oct 03, 2015   Attend: 297   Time: 1:10    
  Referees: Anthony Hines, Bob Price