CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director / Photo Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures
In a pair of closely-contest matchups in Nanaimo over the weekend, the #14-ranked Capilano women’s volleyball team suffered two four-set losses at the hands of the #2 Vancouver Island University Mariners.
The Blues took the opening set of Friday’s contest 27-25, but VIU answered back with a 25-17 decision. The Mariners then squeaked out a 26-24 edge in the pivotal third set, before closing out the match with 25-22 set win.
Tyneille Neufeld led the Blues in the match, racking up 15 kills on a 0.458 hitting percentage and 16 digs. Zoe Mydansky had a strong game at the net, recording a team-high four blocks.
On Saturday afternoon, the Mariners came away with another 3-1 win. Capilano battled to extend the match with a 25-23 win in set three, but VIU responded to close out the weekend with a 25-21 advantage. Neufeld again led CapU in kills and digs with 11 and 17, respectively, while Emma Schill added nine kills, 11 digs, and three blocks.
Capilano falls to 3-5 on the season and sits in fifth place in the PACWEST standings, while VIU remains unbeaten at 6-0. The Blues are back in action this upcoming week when they travel to Abbotsford to take on the Columbia Bible College Bearcats on Thursday, November 9 and Saturday, November 11.
- In the latest CCAA National Rankings, Capilano moved up three places to number 11. There are four PACWEST teams in the top 15: VIU (#2), Douglas (#3), and Fraser Valley (#7).
- On the PACWEST leaderboard, third-year middle Meghan Koven leads the league in blocks with an averate of 0.76 per set. Neufeld currently ranks fourth in kills per set with 3.20/set, while Schill is close behind in sixth with an average of 2.61.