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Blues Rebound, Earn Split with COTR

Blues Rebound, Earn Split with COTR

Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer

Meghan Koven posted 12 kills for the second night in a row against the visiting College of the Rockies Avalanche and she also recorded 13 digs and an ace to lead the Capilano Blues women's volleyball team to a 3-0 win.

Koven got was more effective on the attack with each set as she got three kills in the first, four in the second and five in the clinching third set. Kelsey Towers racked up 36 assists, sharing the ball effectively between Koven, Daphiny Kung (eight kills), Eva Nagata (eight kills) and Jaylene Lucas (six kills).

It was a good response for the Blues after dropping Saturday's opener in straight sets. Capilano took control of the first match on a stretch where they took 9 of 12 points to go up 18-10 and a pair of kills from Kung helped secure the set.

The Blues ran off seven straight points in the second set, turning a three-point deficit into an 11-8 lead which they maintained on the way to a 25-21 set win. It was a similar story in the third set at COTR got out to a lead but Capilano put together a six-point run to get momentum back and they parlayed that into a 25-23 win to seal the match. 

Olivia Humeston was a force at the next with a block and four block assists while Brooke Lightburn had 11 digs and chipped in three assists.

On Saturday, COTR got the best of a Blues side that had been idle since Nov. 29. Set scores were 25-20, 28-26 and 25-21.

Kate Arabadji and Taylor Whittall had 10 kills each for COTR, hitting .240 and .261 respectively, as they were used effectively by setter Katie Friesen who posted 33 assists on the night. She used got her hitters involved early as Arabadji, Whittall and Abigail Gruenhage got three kills each in the first set. 

Extra points were needed in the second set which was also tight the whole way. The Blues went up 26-25 on a kill from Meghan Koven but the home side couldn't find the knockout punch. Friesen smartly set up Whittall and Chantelle Dobie for kills to put the Avalanche back in front and they won it on a Blues attacking error.

The Avalanche maintained a four-point edge for much of the third set but the Blues rallied behind an ace from Towers and a kill from Maya Griffith. A pair of COTR attacking errors evened the score 20-20 but again they were able to reset and got kills from Dobie and Gruenhage to retake control. 

Lucas had a nice night for the Blues with six kills while hitting .308. The second-year player from Surrey also had three digs and was in on a couple of blocks. She had seven points of offence on the night.

Cap hit just. 085 as a team with four players in negative hitting percentages.

The Blues travel to No. 7-ranked Camosun College in Victoria for games Jan. 17 and 18. Their next home game is Jan. 24 against Columbia Bible College.