CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director
After a five-set win over Columbia Bible College on Wednesday night in Abbotsford, the Capilano University Blues women’s volleyball team took care of business at home on Thursday to win both ends of a home-and-home with CBC and earn a mid-week sweep.
CapU came from behind in Wednesday’s match-up, falling behind 2-1 before rallying to take the fourth set 25-22 and persevering 18-16 in the fifth to win the match. In her first game back from injury, Isabela Lima had a team-high 17 kills, while first-year libero Vanesa Gatto led the way with 19 digs. Five Blues reached double-figures in digs, and eight different players recorded a kill.
On Thursday the Blues played a much more polished contest to deliver a 3-1 win – their third victory in a row.
“[Last night] if you look at the box score, you really see inconsistent [play] in terms of taking care on our side of the net, and I think tonight you saw – in terms of difference – a group of players more committed to being responsible for what we had to do on our side of the court,” said CapU head coach Dan Huzar. “We had the one shaky set, we’ll admit, but I think you saw a good response from them as a team, and I think there’s nothing really we can say in terms of a negative about how they responded both individually and as a team.”
After Capilano took the first set 25-16, the Bearcats answered back with a 25-21 win to even up the match. The Blues then answered with authority, going up 9-0 to start the third frame on a service run by setter Kelsey Towers and rolling to a 25-10 victory to retake the lead. CapU had a strong set passing the ball, as Towers was consistently able to find outside hitter Meghan Koven at the net for open attacks.
The Blues continued their strong all-around play in the fourth, going up by five early and maintaining their lead throughout to close out the evening with a 25-19 win.
“There are a lot of new players as well as veterans, and they’re starting to find themselves as a group and find who their identity is – how they work together,” said Huzar. “And I think one of the things we saw tonight was the number of subs that came in and played off the bench and did a really great job. Samantha Mikado, Alyssa McElhinney, they came in and really contributed to the win, and I think that comes from the team believing in themselves and believing in each other. I think that’s some of the changes you’ll start to see, and hopefully you’ll see an improvement throughout the season.”
Capilano now sits in third place with a 3-1 record, and will take on the undefeated Vancouver Island University Mariners next weekend at home in North Vancouver. The game on Friday, November 2 goes at 6:00pm, and Saturday’s contest is at 1:00pm. Both games are at the Centre for Sport and Wellness (formerly Sportsplex).