Down 24-21 in the fourth set and on the verge of heading to a fifth and deciding frame, the Capilano University Blues rattled off five straight points to close out the set and secure a 3-1 win over the visiting Columbia Bible College Bearcats on Friday night. It’s the fourth win in a row for the Blues, and it improves them to 8-6 in PACWEST play.
After falling behind early, CapU made a run midway through the first frame on a Trina Ewashkiw service run and quickly built up a sizeable lead en route to a 25-17 victory. The strong play continued into the second, as a balanced effort and a strong service game propelled the Blues to a 25-11 decision.
The Bearcats didn’t go away quietly, as they built up a lead in the third set that they didn’t relinquish. The Blues cut the lead to one at 19-18, but that was as close as they got and CBC extended the match with a 25-19 win.
The two teams battled back-and-forth throughout the fourth set before the visiting side pulled away down the stretch. Yet with the score 24-21, the Blues rallied and staged a late comeback to avoid a fifth set. With rookie Emma Schill at the service line, the Blues won five straight points to close out the set 26-24 and the match 3-1.
Schill drew the praise of head coach Cal Wohlford after the contest, as her performance on the weekend showed the all-around potential of the first-year outside hitter.
Tyneille Neufeld and Isabela Lima led the offence with 14 and 13 kills apiece, and Trina Ewashkiw set the tempo with 37 assists. The Blues also served well, with 11 aces compared to nine errors.
On defence, Courtney Becker made an impact in her second game with five blocks, while Tracy Ewashkiw tallied a season-high 23 digs.
The win pulls Capilano into a tie for third place in the PACWEST with the University of the Fraser Valley, who are also at 8-6. The Blues hit the road next weekend to travel to Cranbrook, where they’ll take on the College of the Rockies Avalanche on January 12 and 13. They’ll be back at home on January 19 and 20 when CapU hosts Vancouver Island University.