Eagles down Kermodes – move on to PacWest semifinals

Kwantlen forward Christina Brown drives past Quest guard Shayna Cameron during Thursday's quarterfinal game on Thursday, Feb. 28. - Matt Bossons Photo.

Kwantlen forward Christina Brown drives past Quest guard Shayna Cameron during Thursday’s quarterfinal game on Thursday, Feb. 28. – Matt Bossons Photo.

One down, two to go.

With a 64-48 win over the Quest University Kermodes, the Kwantlen Eagles women have punched a ticket to tonight’s semifinal bout against the top-ranked Capilano University Blues.

But despite getting that first W, no weight or pressure has been lifted off of the Eagles. If anything, the monkey on their back has become a gorilla.

“It’s one game at a time. It’s been our theme this year of not filling in the blank with either we’re gonna win or we’re gonna lose,” said Kwantlen’s head coach Dan Nayebzadeh. “Just go out and play as hard as we can and let the chips fall as they may.”

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The calm before the storm

Eagles guard Haeley Williams goes in for an uncontested layup against Douglas College on Feb. 9. - Brian Jones Photo

Eagles guard Haeley Williams goes in for an uncontested layup against Douglas College on Feb. 9. – Brian Jones Photo

If there’s any nervousness or tension on the part of the Kwantlen women’s basketball team, it’s not showing.

The night before the big dance – their first round playoff matchup against the Quest University Kermodes – head coach Dan Nayebzadeh is the picture of calm and collection.

“I don’t feel very nervous, I’m actually watching a TV show,” said Nayebzadeh over the phone late Wednesday night, his voice very relaxed and composed. “I kind of have to let the chips fall where they may, can’t really think about it too much. It’s uncertain who’s going to win and you can’t really control those things. You just have to control what you can – show up and play as hard as you can and see what happens.”

Nayebzadeh and his team had just finished a dinner, and he explained that it was lighthearted and full of laughs. The camaraderie between the girls has been the catalyst for the their success throughout the PacWest grind.

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