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Blues win back-and-forth affair

Photo Tae Hoon Kim / Capilano University
Photo Tae Hoon Kim / Capilano University

 In a back-and-forth affair, the Capilano University Blues women’s volleyball team outlasted the Camosun College Chargers to earn a five-set win on Friday night in North Vancouver.

CapU led throughout the first set by a healthy margin, but a late push from the visitors from Victoria closed the gap to 23-22 late in the frame. Yet the Blues regrouped to win the next two points – with the deciding point coming after a great defensive save.

The second set saw Camosun open up a six-point lead at 15-9, but CapU clawed back thanks to their strong play at the net. Down 22-18 late in the frame, first-year Mackenzy Sparks-Guest then came on to serve and helped make it a 22-21 game and force a Chargers timeout – yet Camosun responded to take the next two points to win the set and even up the match.

Camosun jumped out to a quick lead in the third set as well, but two-straight aces from Emma Schill brought her team back to within a point at 8-7. It remained a one-point set up until the tail end of the frame, when Capilano used a late push to come away with a 25-21 victory.

The fourth set was more of the same back-and-forth action, though this time Camosun eked out the win in a closely-contested game. The Blues pulled close to make it 24-23, but the Chargers buckled down to win the next point and force a fifth set.

Capilano’s serving proved pivotal in the final set, as it broke open a one-point game. Sparks-Guest delivered an ace to make it 7-5 for the home side, and back-to-back aces from Isabela Lima made it 10-6 and forced a timeout. CapU kept it rolling to win the next two points out of the huddle, with a block by Anika Kolybaba forcing another timeout.

At set point, the Blues blocked three Camosun attacks at the net before a Chargers hit went out of bounds – giving Capilano a 15-8 set win and five-set victory.

Tyneille Neufeld led the Blues with 19 kills and 17 digs, and was one of five players with over 10 digs on the night; Lima also had 14 kills and 17 digs. Capilano also blocked 14 attacks at the net and recorded 11 aces, as seven different players tallied a block - Meghan Koven had a game-high four - and seven Blues also fired an service ace. 

Capilano improves to 5-6 on the season and moves into fourth place in the PACWEST, while Camosun falls to 0-9. The two teams will rematch on Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm in the Sportsplex.