Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer
Just two dates remain on the 2019 Capilano Blues calendar and they are both this weekend - Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30 - as women's and men's volleyball welcome the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Cascades while hoops hosts the Columbia Bible College (CBC) Bearcats.
We'll have a quick look here at the matchup facing each team this coming weekend.
Blues men's basketball vs. CBC (Saturday, Nov. 30 - 8 p.m.)
•The Setup: Each team of course wants to head into the holiday break on a high note but this weekend is particularly important for men's hoops. After a slow start, Cassidy Kannemeyer's guys buckled down and got their first win of the season last weekend - a 78-66 decision over visiting Okanagan College. Now 1-5 on the season, the Blues have a legit shot to make it two wins heading to the break with the CBC coming to CapU's Centre for Sport and Wellness (CSW). The Bearcats also carry a 1-5 record with their only win coming at Cap's expense, an 82-73 victory at CBC on Nov. 16.
Before this game, Cap has a game Friday at national No. 1-ranked Douglas College.
•Key Matchup: CBC's Trent Baker vs. CapU's CJ Campbell
That each team's leading scorer is a 6-foot-2 guard means these players are more than likely to be each other's defensive matchup. Baker is the only fifth-year player on the CBC roster and could pose a challenge for Campbell, particularly on the defensive end, and was not in the lineup the last time these teams played. Campbell will be motivated after shooting just 1-for-15 in the Nov. 16 at CBC.
•Watch For: CapU's Jack Teny - Still finding his way as a college player, Teny was 0-for-12 from three-point territory going into last weekend but went 3-for-5 from downtown against Okanagan College.
Blues women's volleyball vs. UFV (Friday, Nov. 29 - 6 p.m.)
•The Setup: One of the Blues' three wins this season came the last time these two teams met. It was a 3-1 win at CapU with captain Meghan Koven hitting .565 on 16 kills. This will be the last PACWEST regular-season visit by the Cascades to CapU as they will join USports competition in the 2020-21 season.
•Key Matchup: CapU's Meghan Koven and Eva Nagata vs. UFV's Alysha Cooper and Lauren Poirier
Blues leading outside hitters Koven and Nagata (2.58 and 1.86 kills per set respectively) face a tough test with Cooper and Poirier being the top two players in PACWEST in blocks per set. Blues setter Kelsey Towers will need to be deceptive in her choices and Koven and Nagata will need to hit off the Cascades' block formation to have success.
•Watch For: Blues first-year middle Olivia Humeston has been in on 10 blocks in the last four matches and is now in the top-10 in PACWEST in that category. Her presence at the net will be an important piece of the Blues defence.
Blues women's basketball vs. CBC (Saturday, Nov. 30 - 6 p.m.)
•The Setup: After a split in the opening weekend of the season on Vancouver Island, the No. 12-ranked Blues have won four straight including a decisive 92-39 result over CBC in their gym on Nov. 16. Devon Wood had her first double-double in Blues colours as she hit for 14 points and grabbed 10 boards. Before this game, Cap has a game Friday at No. 15-ranked Douglas College.
•Key Matchup: Emma Letkemann is generally the Bearcats most dangerous offensive threat but was uncharacteriscally off the mark when CBC hosted CapU earlier this month. The 5-foot-7 first-year guard was just 2-for-14 from the field that game and will be motivated to return to form; it will likely be up to Blues forwards Alanya Davignon and Wood to contain Letkemann on Saturday.
•Watch For: With Mackenzie Smith now 100 per cent health wise, the Blues have three players averaging double digits in scoring as Wood and Emma Cunningham are also putting up 10-plus a game. The Blues will continue to need balanced scoring this weekend and into the second half of the schedule.
Blues men's volleyball vs. UFV (Friday, Nov. 29 - 8 p.m.)
•The Setup: The hottest team on campus goes in search of its ninth-straight win with the Cascades making their second appearance this season and the final one as a PACWEST program at the CSW. UFV had a bye last week and were on a three-game losing streak until winning 3-1 at Douglas on Nov. 16.
•Key Matchup: UFV's Landon Uy stands 5-foot-7 but is second in the PACWEST with 136 kills. CapU's block system has been led of late by first-year middle Enis Besirevic so he will need support from Rafael Hilario and Ben Friesen to keep Uy under wraps.
•Watch For: Simon Friesen and Graham Walkey are No. 3 and No. 2 in the PACWEST in assists respectively with 355 and 359. With Jacob Hopkins' return to the Blues lineup, Friesen has another dangerous weapon at his disposal while Walkey shares the ball around between Uy, Justin Peleshytyk and Caleb Kastelein.
All games will be streamed live on SportsCanada.TV.