The Capilano University Blues women’s volleyball team came out strong against the CCAA’s top-ranked team, but ended up dropping a 3-1 decision to the Douglas College Royals in Friday’s PACWEST semifinal match-up.
The #4 seeded Blues came out strong in the first set, as their spread-out offence caused troubles for the #1 seeded Royals and helped them build an early lead. They continued to press and put Douglas on their heels en route to a 25-18 win in the opening frame.
Top-ranked Douglas settled down in the second set, and Capilano struggled to break down a tougher defensive effort. The Blues quickly fell behind by four, and despite a couple runs and two timeouts, CapU couldn’t find an answer and dropped the frame 25-13.
The third set featured more of the same, as Douglas continued to put Capilano on their heels and limit their offensive output. Despite some strong digs, the Blues couldn’t deliver timely kills and fell behind two sets to one after losing a 25-14 decision.
Capilano fell behind early in the fourth set, as they couldn’t regain their rhythm from the opening frame. The Blues pushed back to within two at 12-10, but Douglas responded with a lengthy run that put the match of reach. The Royals won the game 25-18, and the match 3-1 to advance to Saturday’s gold medal final.
Isabela Lima was named Player of the Game for Capilano for the second-straight contest, having recorded nine kills, 15 digs, two aces, and a block. Libero Tracy Ewashkiw had a team-high 19 digs, and Meghan Koven tallied seven kills.
CapU will play in the consolation final against the host University of the Fraser Valley Cascades, and look to finish their season with a bronze medal. The Blues have finished with a medal in each of the last four seasons, including bronze in the previous three.
First serve in Saturday's bronze medal match goes at 1:00pm at UFV in Abbotsford. The game can also be viewed online at pacwestbc.tv.