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Lima, Towers earn PACWEST honours

Isabela Lima was named a PACWEST Second Team All-Star for the second season in a row. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
Isabela Lima was named a PACWEST Second Team All-Star for the second season in a row. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

CJ Pentland, CapU Sport Information Director

On the eve of the 2018-19 PACWEST Volleyball Championships, a pair of CapU Blues women’s volleyball players were recognized by the conference for their standout regular seasons.

Setter Kelsey Towers was named to the PACWEST All-Rookie Team. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

For the second season in a row, Isabela Lima was named a Second Team All-Star. In her first full season after recovering from partial paralysis, the second-year outside hitter got stronger as the season went on and was a force on both sides of the ball. She finished the season sixth in the PACWEST in digs with 2.78/set, eighth in kills with 2.54/set, and eighth in total offence with 2.89 points per set. A student in the Early Childhood Care & Education program, she had eight games where she reached double-digits in both kills and digs, which included six of the last seven contests.

First-year setter Kelsey Towers was honoured for a strong first season in the league, being named to the PACWEST All-Rookie team. The Arts & Sciences student played nearly every set this season, and did so at a position that featured no other full-time rookie setter across the league. She orchestrated Capilano’s offensive attack each night, averaging 7.30 assists per set and totaling the most kills among setters thanks to her strong setter dump. She also averaged 1.87 digs/set and 0.35 kills/set.

The Blues women’s volleyball team has now set their sights on the PACWEST Championships, where they will enter as #5 seed and face the #4 University of the Fraser Valley Cascades on Thursday, February 21 at 12:00pm PST. CapU went 1-3 against UFV this season, but in their most recent meeting on February 2, the Blues beat the Cascades 3-0.

A win would bring up a semifinal matchup against the #1 seed Vancouver Island University Mariners on Friday. The PACWEST has two berths to the CCAA Nationals this season, meaning that the Blues would earn a spot should they make the final.

All tournament games are played at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, and they can be streamed online at pacwestbc.tv.