Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer
Despite getting a career-high 22 kills from fifth-year captain Meghan Koven, the Capilano Blues women's volleyball team couldn't make it count against the Columbia Bible College (CBC) Bearcats Saturday night in Abbotsford.
Koven hit .327 for the match and also had 11 digs and two blocks; she had seven kills in the second set alone which Cap took by a 25-20 count.
But it was CBC that won the night after they managed to take the opening set 29-17 and the fifth and clinching set by a 19-17 score.
The Blues were dominant at times on Saturday and won the third set 25-14. Up 17-13 in the fourth set, the Blues couldn't hang on for the win as CBC got multiple kills in succession by Janae Bruinsma and Megan Polant to storm back and ultimately win the match.
In the series opener on Thursday, it was a 3-0 triumph over CBC in which the Blues found success with a tenacious defensive approach.
The Blues racked up 45 digs, compared to 36 for CBC, plus six blocks on the way to set wins of 25-18, 26-24 and 25-19. Eva Nagata led the way with 13 digs to match a season high while Aimee Tilley recorded two solo blocks with Olivia Humeston in on a couple as well.
"We worked on blocking this week, both individually and system versus specific rotations and the girls executed very well," said Blues head coach Rob Gowe.
The lead up to game time was slightly different than a normal PACWEST game day with it being on a Thursday. The team went through a light practice at CapU's Centre for Sport and Wellness before making their way to Abbotsford for the 6 p.m. start.
Gowe appreciated his team's attention to detail and focus with preparations being slightly different
"I did like how the girls handled the routine," said Gowe. "It was similar to what we did on the Friday (Nov. 1) at (College of the Rockies)... we might need to incorporate that more often as a little movement seems to pay off later in the day."
The Bearcats provided the most resistance of the night in the second set, which required extra points before the Blues secured it 26-24. CBC took a 12-10 lead after the Blues committed errors on serve and at the net in addition to a Bearcats kill by Megan Polant that prompted Gowe to call a timeout.
"I think I just talked about communication on serve receive and not being too predictable on offence," said Gowe of the timeout.
It seemed to have the desired effect as the team regrouped and quickly got kills from Meghan Koven, Nagata and Humeston to retake the lead. They didn't trail again the rest of the night.
The Blues have Friday off and return to action Saturday Nov. 23, again at CBC, in a 7 p.m. start