Blues battle to earn first win of 2018-19

Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director

The Capilano University Blues women’s volleyball team picked up their first win of the PACWEST season on Friday night in North Vancouver, pulling together down the stretch to earn a 3-2 victory over the College of the Rockies Avalanche. The win avenges last night’s defeat to COTR and puts them at 1-1 after week one of play.

“We’re really proud of how the girls did tonight,” said head coach Dan Huzar, who picked up his first career PACWEST win at the helm of the Blues. “It was a rough start last night and nobody was happy with the way we started our league play this year, but all credit to all of them – we really rebounded right.”

The Blues led by one late in the first set before COTR rallied down the stretch, giving the visitors a 25-23 win and an early lead for the second-straight evening. The Blues responded in the second, winning some long rallies and making some tough digs to help build up a seven-point lead. The Avalanche chipped away to knot things up at 23, but CapU pulled together to take the next two points and even up the match.

CapU took another early lead in the third frame, pushing their lead up to eight at 14-6 on a Courtney Becker service run. This time the Blues kept control, closing out a 25-19 decision to go up by a set.

The fourth set featured runs for both teams. COTR won the first six points before CapU went on a streak to go up 16-13, and then the Avalanche answered back with seven-straight points out of a timeout en route to a 25-20 win that forced a fifth and final frame.

It was all Capilano in the fifth, with Sarah Curleigh coming off the bench to make an impact with a couple kills and an ace. The Blues led 8-3 and didn’t look back, closing out the match with a 15-10 decision.

“I think you saw what the team is going to be like: really working hard, gritty, really determined, and I think you’re going to come out and see a really exciting brand of volleyball if you come out and watch CapU for the rest of the season,” said Huzar.

“It’s just great to get that first win, and for the players to see that they can compete and be successful in the PACWEST.”

The Blues have a bye next weekend, and are back in action on Wednesday, October 24 when they travel to Abbotsford to take on Columbia Bible College. CapU then hosts CBC on Thursday the 25th at 6:00pm at the Centre for Sport and Wellness.