Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer
The night after dropping a decision to the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), the Capilano Blues women's volleyball team got a huge effort from captain Meghan Koven and got back in the win column with a 3-1 triumph over the Cascades Saturday at home.
Koven racked up 16 kills against just three attacking errors for a whopping .565 hitting percentage Saturday at CapU's Centre for Sport and Wellness. She would accumulate 17.0 points of offence also contributed six digs on the night.
On the second night of a home-and-home set, it was the kind of effort needed the Blues (2-6, sixth in PACWEST) needed in the effort to keep pace with the rest of the crowd in the conference standings. Capilano setter Kelsey Towers knows Koven's presence in the Blues' attack is something other teams prepare for yet she still found a way to make a big impact on the game.
"She's a very reliable player," said Towers, a second-year human kinetics student. "I feel like whenever I need to, if I don't know where to set or things are going wrong, I feel like I can rely on her... to put the ball away."
And Koven did that repeatedly on Saturday. It was leadership by example for a Blues side that had something to prove after UFV got the better of them in the Friday opener by a 3-1 count at their gym in Abbotsford.
"I think we were really just fired up and angry about our loss (Saturday) and we used that to come out a lot stronger than we did on the first day," said Towers. "We felt like we were in control more than we were on the first day."
UFV took the first set on Saturday by 25-23 score but it was all Blues after that as they won the next three sets 25-19, 25-20 and 25-23.
The team was much sharper on the attack, making just 11 errors after committing 19 on Friday. Cap improved its hitting percentage each set, opening with a .308 mark and going .312, .350 and .579 after that.
The well-rounded team effort indicates progress to Towers.
"I think we're playing more as a team rather than a bunch of individuals like we have before," said the Coquitlam native. "Lots of communication and it's helping us a lot."
Next up for the Blues is Friday-Saturday doubleheader, Nov. 15 and 16, at home with Camosun College (6-3, second in PACWEST) paying a visit to the CapU Centre for Sport and Wellness. Games start at 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.