CapU comeback falls short against UFV

CapU libero Vanesa Gatto. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
CapU libero Vanesa Gatto. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

CJ Pentland, CapU Sport Information Director

The Capilano University Blues women’s volleyball team was on the verge of completing a two-set comeback against the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades on Friday night in North Vancouver, but UFV rallied late in the fourth set to close out a 3-1 victory over CapU.

After dropping a 25-18 decision in the first set, the Blues had a chance to even up the match in the second with the score tied at 23 late in the set. Yet the Cascades, ranked #9 in the latest CCAA rankings, took the next two points on a kill and an ace to win the set and take a 2-0 lead.

CapU quickly regrouped and continued to improve in the third set, jumping to an early 8-1 lead and not looking back en route to a 25-15 victory that extended the match. The Blues then looked poised to force a fifth set, building up a six-point lead midway through the frame and leading 22-19 before UFV called a timeout. The visitors responded to take the next four points, and then forced set point at 24-23, but a setter dump from Kelsey Towers kept CapU in it. UFV remained persistent, though, and held off the comeback by winning the next two points and closing out the match.

The Blues had balanced performances on both sides of the ball, as three players reached double-figures in kills: Isabela Lima with 17 and Meghan Koven and Zoe Mydansky with 10 apiece. On the defensive side, five players had at least nine digs – led by Towers with 12 – and the team combined for nine blocks, with Jaylene Lucas recording one solo and three assists.

The loss drops CapU to 5-14 on the season and keeps them in fifth place in the PACWEST. The Blues and Cascades will rematch Saturday night in North Vancouver, with first serve at 5:00pm in the Centre for Sport and Wellness.