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CapU falls short against defending champs

Capilano's first-year libero Vanesa Gatto. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
Capilano's first-year libero Vanesa Gatto. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

The Capilano University Blues women’s volleyball team battled tough with the defending national champion Vancouver Island University Mariners on Friday night in North Vancouver, but in the end it was VIU who came away with a 3-1 win to take game one of the two-game series.

VIU, the top ranked team in the CCAA, took control from the get-go in the first set, jumping out to an early lead and rolling to a 25-11 victory. The visitors staked an early lead in the second set as well, but the Blues showed resiliency, using improved defence to chip away at the deficit and eventually go ahead 17-15 – forcing a VIU timeout.

CapU maintained that advantage down the stretch, and despite VIU pushing the score 24-23, Capilano took care of business out of a timeout to secure a 25-23 decision that tied the match at one.

The Blues carried their strong play into the start of the third frame, going up 7-2 before the Mariners responded. VIU took the next five points to tie the set and didn’t look back, quickly building up a lead and securing a 25-16 win.

VIU erased any chanced of a CapU comeback in the fourth set, as while the Blues hung around, they couldn’t cut into an early deficit and fell 25-19 – dropping the match in four sets.

Meghan Koven led CapU with 10 kills in the contest, while libero Vanesa Gatto had 10 digs. Anika Kolybaba had three of her team’s six blocks on the night, while Courtney Becker had a team-high three service aces.

The two teams will rematch tomorrow afternoon in the second of their four meetings this regular season. First serve goes at 1:00pm in the Centre for Sport and Wellness (formerly Sportsplex).