CapU falls to COTR in home opener

CapU falls to COTR in home opener

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director

The Capilano University Blues women’s volleyball team fell short in their 2018-19 season opener on Thursday night in North Vancouver, dropping a 3-0 decision to the College of the Rockies Avalanche.

CapU got out to a strong start, building up a 10-3 lead in the first set and forcing an early COTR timeout, but the Avalanche responded with a 13-3 run to go up by three. The Blues kept the frame close and cut the deficit to two at 20-18, but the Avalanche again had an answer, scoring five straight points to take the first set 25-18.

The second set saw multiple lead changes, with neither side leading by more than a point until COTR went ahead 21-19. The Blues called a timeout in an attempt to stem the tide, but the Avalanche continued their strong serving out of the huddle, closing out the frame 25-21 for the two-set lead.

Capilano fell behind early again in the third set, but the substitution of rookie Cate Sykes at setter helped spark a rally to even things up at 13. COTR again had an answer, though, increasing their lead down the stretch to bring up match point at 24-20. The Blues made things interesting by taking the next three points and forcing a late Avalanche timeout, but the visitors closed out the frame 25-23 to secure the sweep. 

The two sides will rematch on Friday night, with first serve at 6:00pm at the Centre for Sport and Wellness (formerly Sportsplex).