Block party leads to Capilano sweep

Block party leads to Capilano sweep

The Capilano University men’s volleyball team continued their winning ways on Friday evening, powering their way to a straight-sets victory over the College of the Rockies Avalanche at the Sportsplex in North Vancouver.

The Blues took control from the get-go and continued to showcase a well-rounded attack on both sides of the ball. A strong service game set the tone and put the Avalanche on their heels throughout the match, and Cap again had a strong net presence with several big blocks in each set.

Capilano took the first set 25-19, with libero Jonathan Lee making several digs to keep plays alive and turn them into points for his team. The same trend followed in the second frame, as Cap built up another early lead and cruised to a 25-18 decision.

COTR didn’t go away quietly, as the visitors from Cranbrook improved their play at the net and put them ahead 14-16 midway through the set. Yet a CapU timeout allowed them regroup, as they responded with a 6-1 run to force a timeout from COTR. With Capilano then four points from victory, Justin Mo came on for a service run and brought his team to match point, and Justin Yee sealed the victory with an emphatic solo block.

Rookie outside hitter Jacob Hopkins again led the team in kills, tallying 13 on a 0.458 hitting percentage, while Yee and Kevin Chiu also recorded seven apiece. Simon Friesen and Zarley Zalusky each racked up two blocks apiece, while Friesen, Hopkins, and Chiu each fired home two aces. 

Capilano remains undefeated so far this season at 6-0, and improve their set win-loss record to 18-1 – having now won 14 in a row dating back to October 14. They sit atop the PACWEST standings, and will face Vancouver Island University next weekend in Nanaimo on November 3 and 4.

Blue Notes:

  • In the first edition of the CCAA National Rankings, Capilano checked-in at #6.
  • Hopkins currently ranks fourth in the PACWEST in Kills with 3.47 per set and sixth in Total Offence.
  • Capilano has recorded the most service aces in the league, with 55 and a 2.89 average through 19 sets.