CJ Pentland, CapU Sport Information Director
With a 3-0 win over the Columbia Bible College Bearcats on Saturday night in North Vancouver, the Capilano University Blues women’s volleyball team secured a weekend sweep of their home-and-home series and have now won five of their last six games.
CapU delivered a strong performance across all three sets in Saturday’s sweep, getting out to an early lead in each frame and winning by scores of 25-17, 25-20, and 25-17. CBC’s only multi-point lead came at 7-5 in the third set, to which the Blues responded with a 6-0 run that gave them a lead they didn’t relinquish the rest of the way.
First-year setter Kelsey Towers paced the offence with 32 assists and two service aces, and Isabela Lima tallied a team-high 14. Meghan Koven added eight kills to go along with 14 digs and 1.5 blocks, and in total seven different players had at least two kills on the night.
The victory came much easier than Thursday’s in Abbotsford, which went the full five sets. After going ahead 25-16, CapU dropped the next two sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-14 before rebounding to force a fifth set with a 25-16 decision. The Blues kept rolling in the final frame, going ahead 9-4 before closing out a 15-11 victory to secure the victory.
Koven had a game-high 19 kills in the match, and Lima had a double-double with 16 digs and 15 kills on a .419 hitting percentage. Towers had five of Capilano’s 10 service aces on the night – recording four in a row at the start of the second set – and libero Vanesa Gatto added 15 digs on defence. Fourth-year Zoe Mydansky was also strong at middle with nine kills, two aces, and two solo blocks.
The victories move CapU to 8-14 on the year and keep them in fifth place in the PACWEST with two games left in the regular season. Their final home game of 2018-19 is on Thursday, February 14 at 6:00pm when the Blues host the Douglas College Royals in the first half of a home-and-home; the season finale goes on Saturday at 4:00pm in New Westminster. The PACWEST Championships are the following weekend at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook.