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CapU sweeps #9 ranked UFV

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 took care of business on their home court on Saturday night in North Vancouver, taking down the CCAA #9 ranked University of the Fraser Valley Cascades in straight-sets to earn a weekend split.

After dropping two sets by two points in yesterday’s close 3-1 loss to UFV, the Blues returned the favour by earning victories of 25-23 in the final two sets to close out the sweep. In each of the three frames, CapU showed resiliency down the stretch and held off late comeback attempts by the Cascades.

With the first set tied at 15, Capilano went on a 10-3 run down the stretch – closing out a 25-18 decision with a block by Anika Kolybaba and Jaylene Lucas. In the second set the Blues then got out to an early lead and led 22-16, but the Cascades chipped away and cut the deficit to one at 24-23. Yet CapU pulled together, as a setter dump by Kelsey Towers won CapU the next point and sealed the victory.

The third set went down to the wire as well, as both sides traded leads until the Blues broke open an 18-18 tie and eventually brought up match point at 24-21. Once again the Cascades pushed back and made it 24-23, but once again the Blues held firm and secured the victory on a kill by Isabela Lima.

A balanced effort on offence saw seven different players record at least two kills on the evening, led by Meghan Koven with seven. On defence, three players topped double-figures for digs – Koven (18), Vanesa Gatto (13) and Lima (12) – and Lucas had two solo blocks and two assist blocks. As a whole, they limited UFV to a hitting percentage of .070.

The victory gives the Blues three over their last four games and improves them to 6-14 with four games remaining in the regular season. With the Blues in fifth place and the Cascades in fourth, the weekend series is potentially a preview of a first-round match-up at the PACWEST Championships, hosted by the College of the Rockies from February 21 to 23 in Cranbrook.

CapU is back in action next week with a home-and-home series against Columbia Bible College. On Thursday, February 7 the two teams will play in Abbotsford, and on Saturday, February 9 the Blues will host the Bearcats at the Centre for Sport and Wellness in North Vancouver. First serve is at 5:00pm.