Blues open 2018 with win

Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director

The Capilano University Blues women’s volleyball team started off 2018 on a winning note, as they took down the Columbia Bible College Bearcats 3-1 on Friday night in North Vancouver.

CapU got out to a quick start, jumping out to an 8-2 lead and forcing an early CBC timeout. The short break didn’t affect the Blues, as they pushed their lead to double-digits and closed out a convincing 25-10 win to take the first set.

The Bearcats responded in the second, as they led for the majority of the frame. Ahead 22-20, the Blues made a late charge and took the next three points to force a CBC timeout. The two sides then traded points up until 27-26, when the Bearcats held serve and took the set 28-26 to even up the match.

The even play continued throughout the third set, with neither team going up by more than a few points. CapU eventually opened up a three-point margin at 24-21, and after a timeout when CBC cut the lead back to one, a kill from Emma Schill ended the set in Cap’s favour.

The Blues picked up where they left off in the fourth set, going ahead 10-5 and maintaining a comfortable lead up until the Bearcats made a late charge of their own. Ahead by one at 20-19, the Blues pulled together down the stretch and went on a 5-1 run to take the set 25-20 and the match 3-1.

Schill packed the stat sheet for Capilano, racking up 23 kills to go along with 11 digs, four aces, and three blocks. Courtney Becker also tallied three blocks, while three other Blues reached double figures for digs: Tyneille Neufeld, Trina Ewashkiw, and Tracy Ewashkiw. Trina Ewashkiw also recorded up 47 assists at the setter position. 

The victory moves the Blues to 7-6 and puts them above .500 for the first time this season, while CBC’s loss snaps their five-game win streak and drops them to 5-8. The two teams will rematch Saturday night in North Vancouver at 5:00pm in their last of four meetings this season; the season series is now 2-1 in favour of CapU.