CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director
Fall 2017 was a semester with no shortage of excitement, as the Capilano University Blues won medals, set records, and received various accolades. As we head into the winter break and anxiously await the return of PACWEST play in 2018, below are some numbers to help break down the last three months of action.
86 – Total points in the third set of the PACWEST men’s volleyball match-up between Capilano University and Vancouver Island University on November 3 – a CCAA record. The 44-42 set win for the Blues is also believed to be the fifth-highest scoring set in volleyball history.
20 – Capilano student-athletes who were named 2016-17 CCAA National Scholars in September. The honour is given to student-athletes who achieve honours standing at their institution, which at CapU means achieving a GPA of 3.67 or higher. The 20 scholar athletes are the most in a year at Capilano since 2007-08.
332 – Number of career assists for Ashley dela Cruz Yip, who became the new all-time assists leader in PACWEST women’s basketball with helper #318 against VIU on November 18.
11 – Regular season goals for Keith Jackson, who led the PACWEST in scoring for the second-straight season. The fourth-year Communications student was also named PACWEST Player of the Year and a CCAA All-Canadian for the second year in a row.
123 – Points scored by the men’s basketball team on November 28 against CBC, the new Blues team record for most points scored in a game. The previous record was 120 in a double-overtime loss to the University College of the Cariboo Sun Demons on January 7, 1995.
14.7 – Steals per game for the women’s basketball team, the most in the PACWEST. On the other hand, the Blues also have the second-fewest turnovers per game.
20 – Consecutive service points won by the men’s volleyball team to open the third set against CBC on November 11. Third-year setter Simon Friesen tallied six aces over his service run, as the Blues won the set 25-5 and the match 3-1.
22 – CCAA All-Canadians throughout the men’s soccer team’s history, the most of any institution in CCAA history. Keith Jackson and Nicolas Morello both received the honour in 2017, as they earned both of the PACWEST’s two spots on the ten-person team.
0.82 – Blocks per set for Meghan Koven, the best average in the league. A third-year Arts & Sciences student, Koven has excelled at the middle position despite this being her first season playing there.
5 – Blues soccer players who were named PACWEST Conference All-Stars: Keith Jackson, Nicolas Morello, and Hudson Nelles on the men’s side, and Claire Ye, and Adrianna Babinski on the women’s. Ye was also named PACWEST Rookie of the Year.
3 – Blues soccer players who were named to their respective PACWEST Tournament All-Star Teams: Catrina Olstrom (Top Forward, WSC); Jessica Price (Top Defender, WSC); and Nicolas Morello (Top Defender, MSC).
8 – Blues who were named PACWEST Athlete of the Week: Keith Jackson (MSC), Claire Ye (WSC), Nicolas Morello (MSC), Catrina Olstrom (WSC), Simon Friesen (MVB), Jacob Hopkins (MVB), Ashley dela Cruz Yip (WBB), and Tyneille Neufeld (WVB). Hopkins was also named a CCAA Athlete of the Week in October.
4 – Goals scored by Nicolas Morello in CapU’s 5-1 win over VIU in the PACWEST men’s soccer bronze medal game – a new conference playoff record. Morello finished the season with 12 goals, and concludes his five-year career at Capilano fifth on the all-time team scoring list with 23 goals in 67 games.
22.0 – Points per game for Denver Sparks-Guest, the second-highest average in the PACWEST. The fourth-year Communications student is also tied for second in steals with 2.0/game and fifth in rebounds with 8.5/game.
7 – Conference Coach of the Year Awards won by men’s soccer head coach Paul Dailly over his 15-year career at Capilano. Dailly won the award for the third year in a row in 2017, and also won it in 2007, 2005, 2004, and 2003.
3 – Pairs of siblings playing for the Blues this year: Trina and Tracy Ewashkiw (WVB), Nicolas and Daniel Morello (MSC), and Denver and Mackenzy Sparks-Guest (MBB and WVB).
377 – Consecutive minutes that the women’s soccer team went without allowing a goal during the regular season – a span of just over four games. The Blues also didn’t allow a single goal over 210 minutes of play during the PACWEST Championships, where they finished with a silver medal after falling to Douglas in the final in penalties.