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Straight Sets Again, Blues top Bearcats

Straight Sets Again, Blues top Bearcats

Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer

The familiar environment of home court helped the Capilano University Blues women's volleyball team get back in the win column after a tough Island road trip last weekend.

Playing a home-and-home set, the Blues scored back-to-back 3-0 wins Thursday and Friday over the Columbia Bible College (CBC) Bearcats.

Completing the sweep Friday at CapU's Centre for Sport and Wellness, Meghan Koven and Eva Nagata had 10 kills apiece and got 14 and 11.5 points of offence respectively. Setters Kelsey Towers and Cate Sykes combined for 37 assists. Brooke Lightburn provided 15 digs, her second-highest total of the season.

It was a the right response against a seventh-place Bearcats side that defeated the Blues 3-2 the last time they played. 

"It was so nice to have a home game today," said second-year middle Jaylene Lucas who hit .571 Friday with five kills, an ace and a block assist. "We really played together and played for each other; that was something we struggled with last week, letting the other team get in our heads and this week I think we did a really great job of working as a team and being there to support each other."

The Blues started fast at home, reeling off 10 points in a row in the first set including two of Koven's four aces on the night. The fifth-year captain was back to using a big jump serve after more of a float offering the last two weekends.

"When you see your captain go out there and banging serves it just lets everyone sit back and relax and say, 'Yeah, we got this game,'" said Lucas. "Her serve is a great serve and it was just really working tonight."

Capilano ran off seven straight points to close out the first set. The second was more back-and-forth but the Blues got kills from Koven, Lucas, Nagata, Olivia Humeston and Daphiny Kung on the way to a 25-17 win. Sykes and Towers shared it around again in the third and with five straight points to start the set, the Blues won going away.

On Friday at CBC, Koven racked up 12 kills and 12 digs while Aimee Tilley was a big presence at the net with two solo blocks and two block assists. The Blues defence held the Bearcats to just a .019 hitting percentage on the night. 

The Blues are on the road for the next game, Jan. 31 at the University of the Fraser Valley. They make a trip to Vancouver Island University Feb. 8 and 9 and close the season with a home-and-home set against Douglas College. Feb. 15 will be the Blues last regular-season home game. It's a 6 p.m. start and it's Senior Night where fifth-year captain Meghan Koven will be honoured in a ceremony.