Two nights after the Capilano University Blues women’s volleyball team swept the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades, the visiting Cascades returned the favour with a straight-sets win of their own on Saturday night in Capilano’s final home game of the 2017-18 regular season.
CapU fell behind early, and was forced into an early timeout after UFV won the first six points. The Blues started to chip away at the deficit, and eventually narrowed it down to two, but the Cascades held on to take the first set 25-22.
UFV got out to another early lead in the second set, as Capilano called timeouts down 10-7 and 18-12 in hopes of stemming the tide. Yet the Cascades continued to push out of the huddles, and closed out a 25-15 decision to take a two sets to none lead.
Capilano again had to play catch-up in the third frame, but a timeout while down eight helped the Blues slowly turn the tide. Two Zoe Mydansky aces during a service run helped the home side get back to within three points and force a UFV timeout, but the Cascades responded with a 5-1 run to force another CapU timeout. The Blues again resplied, winning the next four points to make it 22-20 and force UFV back into the huddle. The timeout worked in the visitors’ favour, as they then won the next three points to take the set 25-20 and close out the match.
The Blues offence struggled across the board on the night, as they attacked at a season-low 0.032 percentage. Isabela Lima had a team-high 10 kills, while Emma Schill, Anika Kolybaba, and Courtney Becker each recorded two blocks apiece.
The Blues fall to 11-9 with the loss, and drop back into fourth place in the PACWEST. UFV improves to 11-7 and rises back into fourth, as they hold the tiebreaker with Cap due to having played fewer games. The two teams went 2-2 against each other this season, but UFV holds the overall tiebreaker due to having won more sets during those four games.
Capilano will be on the road for their final four games of the regular season, taking on Camosun in Victoria on February 9 and 10 and Douglas College in New Westminster on February 16 and 17. The PACWEST Championships are February 25-27 at UFV in Abbotsford.