Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer
SATURDAY, FEB. 22
Jaylene Lucas picked up eight kills and Brooke Lightburn had 11 digs but the Capilano Blues women's volleyball team came up short in a 3-0 loss to the University of the Fraser Valley in the bronze-medal game of the PACWEST provincial championship tournament.
CapU played better as the game went on but head coach Rob Gowe used his bench extensively and got floor time for all players.
This was the final game in a Blues uniform for fifth-year captain Meghan Koven. The North Vancouver native had six kills, nine digs, a solo block and two block assists for the match.
FRIDAY, FEB. 21
The Blues will have to try for a bronze medal at the PACWEST provincial championship tournament after a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Camosun College in the semifinals.
Even though it was a straight-sets win for Camosun Friday, two of the sets went to extra points as the Blues pushed the No. 2-seed Chargers. There were just seven kills for the Blues in the first set, compared to 18 for the Chargers, as the Victoria-based side took the opening set 25-20.
Capilano showed better in the second with 13 kills as the match got to 25-24 for the Chargers which necessitated extra points. It was Camosun that got the next point however, to go up 2-0 in the match.
The Blues refused to go away quietly even in the third set and held the Chargers to their lowest hitting percentage of any set on the night. Again, extra points were needed but it was Camosun earning them in a 27-25 win to take the match.
Meghan Koven wound up with 13 kills for the match while adding two solo blocks and an ace. Olivia Humeston and Jaylene Lucas were a strong presence at the net, combining to get in on nine blocks, four of the solo variety for Humeston.
Kelsey Towers accumulated 30 assists for the match, reaching the 30 mark for the second-straight game of the postseason.
The bronze-medal match is a 12:30 p.m. start Saturday and the University of the Fraser Valley will provide the opposition.
THURSDAY, FEB. 20
Rallying after a lopsided loss in the first set, the Blues earned a five-set win over tournament hosts and the No. 3-seed Douglas College Royals.
The Royals took the opening set by a score of 25-10 but the Blues were undeterred. They struck back with a 25-18 win in the second set in which they produced 15 kills.
Douglas went up 2-1 with a well-played third set but Capilano closed the door after that, scoring a decisive victory in the fourth to even things 2-2.
In the decisive set, CapU raced out to a 7-0 lead and finished things off in a dominant 15-6 score to secure a place in the semifinals.