Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer
CapU Centre for Sport and Wellness - The Camosun College Chargers completed a weekend sweep of the Capilano Blues Saturday afternoon by scores of 25-23, 25-18, 25-19.
Mika Yamada led the way for the visitors with 11 kills and 11 digs. The 5-foot-6 native of Japan recorded 13 points offence for the day.
Eva Nagata was the top Blues pointgetter Saturday, contributing six kills and two aces. She also had six digs.
Friday's loss saw the Blues within striking distance of the visitors most of the night and it was the same in the opening set Saturday. Errors in receiving and on the serve cost the Blues all weekend.
"Yesterday, I don't feel like they won the game but I feel like we lost the game; we gave them that win with our own mistakes," said Nagata. "The same today, they played the same game and they were being consistent and we were making a bunch of mistakes and we weren't playing as a team."
Camosun won the second and third sets Saturday more decisively and that allowed the Blues to use some of their younger players off the bench. Courtney Muller registered a kill and a dig while Cate Sykes had nine assists, giving Kelsey Towers some relief in the setter spot.
"I think it's good all around because they get some experience and they get more confident in their playing and everyone can see that they can come in and lift their share," said Nagata. "We have a really big group of girls and a bunch of good players so I think it's important we get everyone activated so that we know each other on the court."
On Friday, it was a straight-sets victory for the Chargers by set scores were 25-23, 25-21 and 25-23.
The Blues had a lead in each set but couldn't build on the advantage. They led by as many as four in the opening set, working their way to a 16-12 edge in the opening stanza but a kill from Camosun's Yamada together with a couple of attacking errors by Cap got the visitors back in front and they made it hold up.
Statistically, the second set was CapU's best as they recorded 11 kills but Camosun was able to gain control thanks to a pair of Blues errors and a kill from Maddison Yule. The third set was again tight but Camosun got on a run with Yule and Megan Ireland producing two kills apiece to put the Chargers up 17-13. The Blues got back within one late on a pair of Nagata kills but Hannah May clinched it for Camosun with the decisive kill.
Nagata wound up with eight kills on the night and hit .316. Olivia Humeston produced 6.5 points of offence with three kills, three block assists and an ace.
Another positive development was the progress of Maya Griffith in return from injury. The first-year right side had two kills Friday and another on Saturday. She had four digs, a block and an ace as she works her way back to form.
Next up for the Blues is a pair of road games at Columbia Bible College. The games are Thursday Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. and Saturday Nov. 23 at 5 p.m.