Storybook Sendoff In Final Home Game

Storybook Sendoff In Final Home Game

Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer

The night couldn't have unfolded in more ideal fashion as graduating fifth-year Blues volleyball captain Meghan Koven got the final touch to seal a 3-1 home win over the Douglas College Royals in front of a lively crowd Saturday night at Capilano University.

Koven got her hands on a Royals attack and sent it back, earning a huge block for the final point of the night and bringing her teammates pouring onto the floor as the crowd loudly voiced its delight. 

The play capped a night that included 13 blocks, three aces and 15 points of total offence for Koven.

It was an appropriate conclusion for her final game at CapU's Centre for Sport and Wellness.

"I think it was a great way to celebrate Meghan tonight, lots of family and friends, including alumni and former teammates and of course Meghan ending the match with a big block," said Blues head coach Rob Gowe. "I think the crowd support helped the team, along with the desire to prove we can beat a very good Douglas squad."

The Blues hit .281 as a team on the night and got into double-digits in kills each set except the fourth when they had nine. Setter Kelsey Towers topped 30 assists for the second time since the New Year and outside hitter Daphiny Kung had season highs with 11 kills and 14.5 points of total offence.

Capilano showed grit Saturday after dropping the first set in extra points. Undeterred, the Blues took advantage of some Royals errors early in the second set and went on to even the match. 

The third set was probably the Blues' best on the night with six different players recording kills including four from Eva Nagata and another by setter Cate Sykes, just her third of the season.

A pair of kills from Kung in the middle of the fourth set helped to clinch the night for the Blues. It was an encouraging response by the team after dropping a straight-sets loss to the Royals in their gym on Friday.

The teams are very familiar with each other going into the PACWEST provinicial championships taking place Feb. 20 to 22 at Douglas' New Westminster campus. They'll meet again in the conference quarterfinals Thursday, Feb. 20.

"Our next match is win or go home so that is motivation to find the energy and performance from tonight so we can continue the journey," said Gowe, who will lead his team in an important week of training heading into the postseason.

The Blues and Royals will meet in a 12:30 p.m. start Thursday, Feb. 20 at Douglas College.

For more details on the PACWEST provincial championship, CLICK HERE.