The Capilano University Blues women’s volleyball team had a tough task in front of them to start 2019, facing the CCAA’s top-ranked team, the Vancouver Island University Mariners, on the road for a two-game series. CapU started strong and pushed the undefeated defending national champs to the limit in Friday’s opening set, but ultimately dropped a pair of straight-set decisions to the Mariners.
Capilano rallied down the stretch of Friday’s opener to tie the opening set at 23, but VIU won the next two points to go up 1-0. The Mariners didn’t look back from there, going on a 9-0 run early in the second set en route to a 25-15 victory, and then closing out the sweep with a 25-20 decision.
Isabela Lima led the Blues offence with nine kills on the night, while Sarah Curleigh added seven. The Blues posted a 0.153 hitting percentage in the contest, compared to a 0.397 rate for the Mariners.
Saturday’s rematch got off to a rough start for CapU, as they dropped the opening set 25-7. VIU remained in control from that point on, staving off a late push from the Blues in the third set to secure the victory.
Six different players had at least two kills in the contest, with Lima again leading the way with eight. Meghan Koven had a game-high 11 digs, and setter Kelsey Towers had six to go along with 18 assists.
The loss drops CapU to 3-11 on the season with 10 games left in the regular season. The Blues have a bye next weekend, and will be back in action in two weeks’ time when they host the Camosun College Chargers for a two-game series on January 18 and 19.