2017 Year in Review: Capilano University Blues

Blues fans were out in full force at the PACWEST Basketball Championships at Quest University. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
Blues fans were out in full force at the PACWEST Basketball Championships at Quest University. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures


  • WBB – The Blues go a perfect 6-0 as part of a 13-0 start to the regular season.


  • WVB – Sarah Hughes and Kira Sutcliffe named PACWEST First Team All-Stars, and Tyneille Neufeld earns Second Team honours. Anika Kolybaba named to the PACWEST All-Rookie Team.
  • MVB – Justin Yee named men’s volleyball PACWEST Rookie of the Year. Yee and Jonathan Lee both earn spots on the conference All-Rookie Team.
  • MVB – Simon Friesen named a PACWEST First Team All-Star.
  • WVB – Capilano wins bronze at the PACWEST Championships. Sarah Hughes is named to the Tournament All-Star Team.
  • WBB – The Blues finish atop the PACWEST regular season standings at 16-2.


  • WBB – Carmelle M’Bikata named PACWEST Player of the Year. M'Bikata was also a First Team All-Star, while Sherrie Errico and Ashley dela Cruz Yip earned a spot on the Second Team.
  • WBB – Ramin Sadaghiani voted PACWEST Coach of the Year.
  • MBB – Greet Gill receives PACWEST First Team All-Star honours.
  • MBB – Wowie Untalan named PACWEST Rookie of the Year.
  • MBB – CapU earns a silver medal at the PACWEST Championships. Greet Gill and Hassan Phills are Tournament All-Stars
  • WBB – The Blues win silver at the PACWEST Championships. Karyn Nelson and Carmelle M’Bakata earn Tournament All-Star honours.
  • Sarah Hughes (WVB) and Carmelle M’Bikata (WBB) named CCAA All-Canadians.
  • Eight Capilano student-athletes receive the PACWEST Academic Excellence Award, which is given to student-athletes who achieve Honours Standing or equivalent over their last 27 credits: Ashley dela Cruz Yip (WBB), Zuzia Zdziechowski (WBB), Devan Woolley (MSC), Shaelie Bramley (WSC), Taylor Einhorn (WSC), Natalie Leclerc (WSC), John Dela Cruz (MVB), and Tyneille Neufeld (WVB).
  • MSC – At the North Shore Sports Awards, CapU took home Team of the Year and head coach Paul Dailly won Coach of the Year. Long-time head coach and former Athletic Director Joe Iacobellis was also honoured with a Lifetime Contribution to Sport Award.
  • Capilano wins the PACWEST Founder’s Cup, given annually to the most-improved athletic program in the conference. 


  • Seven Blues are named CCAA Academic All-Canadians, an honour given to student-athletes who were named to their league’s All-Star Team and also achieved Honours Standing at their institution (3.67 GPA or better at Capilano): Ashley dela Cruz Yip (WBB), Sherrie Errico (WBB), Keith Jackson (MSC), Devan Woolley (MSC), Taylor Einhorn (WSC), Tyneille Neufeld (WVB), and Sarah Hughes (WVB).


  • Three former Capilano Blues were inducted into the CCAA Hall of Fame. Long-time women’s soccer coach Doug Abercrombie (5 national championships) was inducted in the coach category, former men’s soccer head coach and Athletic Director Joe Iacobellis (3 national championships, 2 national silvers) was inducted as a coach, and women’s soccer standout Melissa Artuso (30 goals in 31 games, 3-time All Canadian) was inducted in the athlete category.


  • 20 CapU student-athletes are named CCAA National Scholars. To receive the award, student-athletes must achieve Honours Standing at their institution in the current academic year. The recipients:
    • WBB - Ashley dela Cruz Yip, Sherrie Errico, Amber Kavanagh, Natasha Reimer, Zuzia Zdziechowski
    • MVB - Cameron Fay, Mattias Wels-Lopez
    • WVB - Keeley Bell, Kelsi Boroevich, Tracy Ewashkiw, Trina Ewashkiw, Sarah Hughes, Tyneille Neufeld
    • MSC - Keith Jackson, Kaylin Kaila, Devan Woolley
    • WSC - Brooklynn Doucette, Natalie Leclerc, Juliana Mannella, Dominika Paige

Ultimate – The newly-formed CapU Blues Ultimate team wins silver at their first ever tournament, the Western University Championships. 


December: where the Blues stand heading into 2018

  • MVB – Capilano sits tied for first in the PACWEST at 10-2, and is ranked #7 in the CCAA.
  • WVB – The Blues are 6-6 and in fourth in the conference, and currently ranked #12 in the CCAA.
  • WBB – CapU is one of four teams tied for first place at 4-2, and ranked #13 in the CCAA.
  • MBB – Coming off of wins over CBC and #7-ranked Douglas, the Blues sit even at 3-3 and in fourth place in the PACWEST.