The Capilano University Blues women’s volleyball team couldn’t hand the Vancouver Island University Mariners their first loss of the season on Saturday afternoon in North Vancouver, dropping a 3-0 decision to fall back to .500 on the year.
CapU (3-3) hung around in each set, but the power and experience of VIU (8-0) proved too much to overcome for the young Blues team.
“They’re ranked #1 in the country for a reason – they have a number of very talented players – and we held tough with them today,” said head coach Dan Huzar. “Obviously we’re not happy to lose, but we learned a lot that we can take into our next two meetings with them later this season.”
With the score tied at 16 in the first set, the Mariners went on a 9-3 run down the stretch to take the opening frame 25-19. A similar pattern followed in the second set, as after CapU tied the game at 18, VIU again pulled together and secured a 25-20 decision.
Capilano wasn't able to the match in the third set, as they couldn’t overcome an early deficit and dropped the final frame 25-20.
Meghan Koven and Isabela Lima tied for the team-high in kills with nine apiece, and Koven and rookie Jaylene Lucas led the way with two service aces each. Capilano only had four blocks on the night, as VIU posted an efficient .319 hitting percentage.
The Blues travel to the island next weekend for a two-game series against Camosun College, who also is 3-3 on the season. CapU has one more home game in the 2018 calendar year, which is on Sunday, November 25 against Douglas College.