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CapU falls to top-ranked VIU in semis

Photo courtesy College of the Rockies
Photo courtesy College of the Rockies

Courtesy the PACWEST

It’ll be a rematch of last season's PACWEST women's volleyball championship final, as the #1 seed Vancouver Island University Mariners swept the #5 Capilano University Blues in Friday night's semifinal match in Cranbrook.

The Mariners, the CCAA's top-ranked team all season, scored points from all parts of the floor on Friday, led by Karoline Tormena who finished with 12 kills despite having flu symptoms until 1:00am. She also had nine digs and two blocks. Danielle Groenendijk had nine kills and nine digs and Player of the Match Andrea Cankovic finished with seven kills, four aces and two blocks.

Megan Koven for the Blues led their offence with eight kills and a pair of digs, and Isabela Lima was also solid with six kills and four digs. First-year setter Kelsey Towers was named the Player of the Match.

With the win the Mariners will face the Royals in the gold medal match and regardless of the outcome both teams will head to the CCAA National Championship at Niagara College. The Blues meanwhile will play the Camosun Chargers for PACWEST bronze at 12:00pm PST tomorrow; CapU will be looking for their first medal since winning bronze two seasons ago. The game can be streamed live on pacwestbc.tv