The Capilano Blues’ young players showed resilience on Saturday afternoon, but CapU’s comeback effort fell short and they dropped a 3-1 decision to the Vancouver Island University Mariners.
Capilano struggled to generate much offence over the first two frames, and got down early after dropping the first two sets by scores of 25-16 and 25-10. The Blues had opportunities to make a run and close the gap, but VIU always had a response to maintain a comfortable lead.
The Blues switched things up in the third set with five first-years on the court, and the new look helped turn the tide. The additions of Sarah Curleigh, Mackenzy Sparks-Guest, and Zoe Dendes helped CapU find their stride on offensive and develop a better net presence – forcing VIU into timeouts at 10-7 and 13-8. The Mariners made a push to bring it back to a two-point game, and staved off two set points to make it 24-23, but the Blues pulled together and Isabela Lima closed out a 25-23 win with a kill to extend the match.
The fourth set went back-and-forth up until 8-8, when VIU went on a run to force Capilano into a timeout at 11-9. The home side responded to tie it up at 11, but the Mariners won the next three points to force another timeout. From that point on the visitors extended their advantage en route to closing out the match with a 25-14 set win.
Capilano falls to 10-8 with the loss, but remains in fourth place in the PACWEST. VIU improves to 13-3 and remains in second spot behind Douglas.
The Blues are back at home next weekend when they take on third place University of the Fraser Valley in their final home games of the 2017-18 season; first serve is at 6:00pm on Thursday, January 25 and Saturday, January 17.