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Blues get back to winning ways with sweep

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

CJ Pentland, CapU Sport Information Director

The Capilano University Blues women’s volleyball team got back to their winning ways this past weekend in Cranbrook, defeating the College of the Rockies Avalanche on both Friday and Saturday for a two-game sweep.

CapU took care of business in three sets on Friday, building off an 8-0 run in the first set that erased an early deficit and carried them to a 25-22 victory. The Blues then jumped out to early leads in the following frames, going up 14-4 in the second set en route to a 25-15 decision and staking a 15-4 lead in the third before closing out the sweep with a 25-19 win.

A well-rounded defensive effort carried the Blues, with four players recording at least seven digs in the contest; Anika Kolybaba and Vanesa Gatto tied for the team-high with nine apiece, while Meghan Koven had eight and Kelsey Towers had seven. On offence, Isabela Lima led the way with 12 kills, and Towers and Jaylene Lucas both had two service aces.

After dropping the opening set of Saturday’s rematch, CapU quickly got back on track with a 25-15 win in the second to even the match. The pivotal third set then went back and forth with CapU ahead 21-20 late in the set before they rallied off four-straight points to close out the win.

The visitors didn’t look back in the fourth set, taking an 11-4 lead and closing out the frame 25-18 for the 3-1 win.

The team’s offence on the afternoon was powered by the strong play of their middles. Lucas had a career-high 12 kills on a .500 hitting percentage, and Zoe Mydansky recorded 13 kills on .579 efficiency to go along with three digs, two aces, and a block. Towers led the offence at setter, dishing out 37 total assists.

On defence, four players reached double-figures in digs: Lima (18), Koven (15), Gatto (14) and Towers (11).

The wins improve CapU to 5-13 on the season and moves them past COTR into fifth place in the PACWEST standings. With six games left in the regular season, the Blues are back at home next weekend to face the 11-7 University of the Fraser Valley Cascades on Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2. First serve is at 6:00pm on Friday at 5:00pm on Saturday in the Centre for Sport and Wellness.