Jan 17, 2017
By CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Officer
The Capilano Blues men's volleyball held tough with the #8 ranked team in the CCAA this past weekend, but fell short to the Fraser Valley Cascades in both ends of a weekend home-and-home.
On Friday night in Abbotsford the Blues and Cascades went down to the wire in the first set, but UFV pulled out a 25-23 victory to take the early advantage. The Cascades finished strong in the second set as well to turn the close matchup into a 25-21 set win, before taking the third set as well to take the match in straight sets.
Sameh Khodr, a recent transfer playing in just his fourth regular season game for Capilano, put forward his best performance so far with a team-high 13 kills to go along with seven digs, three aces, and two solo blocks.
In North Vancouver on Saturday, UFV pulled away at the end of the first two sets to take a 2-0 lead, but Capilano looked poised to extend the match after leading for much of the third frame. Yet the Cascades clawed back to tie things up at 24, and then after reaching match point, they made several fantastic digs to keep the play alive and finish off the game with a block.
North Vancouver native and Argyle Secondary graduate Mattis Wels-Lopez led the Blues in scoring in the match, racking up 11 points on six hills, three solo blocks, and two aces.
The Blues (6-10) now head into their bye week before resuming play at home on Jan. 28 and Jan. 29 against the College of the Rockies (7-9) in a match-up of two teams on the playoff bubble.