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CapU in fifth at halfway point of season

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

The Capilano University Blues women’s volleyball team couldn’t overcome the CCAA’s #2 ranked team on Sunday night in North Vancouver, falling 3-0 to the Douglas College Royals.

The opening set was a back-and-forth affair with neither side leading by more than a couple points. After CapU rallied to win three points in a row and tie the game at 22, Douglas responded to win the next two and force set point. The Blues stayed alive on a kill by Meghan Koven, but the Royals closed it out on the next point to win 25-23.

The second frame was again close until Douglas pulled away late. CapU was down by three at 17-14 when the Royals went on a 5-0 run, carrying them to a 25-16 victory and two-set advantage.

A similar script followed in the third set. With the score knotted at 14, Douglas took the next six points and went on an 11-1 run to close out a 25-15 decision and secure the sweep.

Playing at libero, Isabela Lima had a season-high 25 digs to lead the defensive effort. Koven and Sarah Curleigh tied for the team-high in kills with nine apiece, while setter Kelsey Towers had 27 assists. As a team Capilano attacked at a .133 percentage, while Douglas posted an efficient rate of .341. 

The loss drops CapU to 3-9 and sits them in fifth place in the PACWEST at the halfway point of the season. The Blues will be back in action right after the New Year when they travel to Nanaimo to face Vancouver Island University on January 4 and 5; the next home games are on January 18 and 19 against Camosun College.