The Capilano University Blues men’s volleyball team took care of business in their first game back from the winter break, taking down the Columbia Bible College Bearcats in straight sets on Friday night in North Vancouver.
The Blues, currently ranked #7 in the CCAA, jumped out to an early lead in the contest and forced a CBC timeout at 13-7. They then extended their lead up to nine, and held off a late Bearcats push to take the first set 25-18.
The second frame was a back-and-forth affair, with both teams trading leads and forcing each other into timeouts. The Bearcats went up 18-16 before the Blues stormed back with a 9-3 run, with Simon Friesen delivering an emphatic setter dump at 22-20 to help power Capilano 25-21 set win.
Capilano carried their momentum into the third set, as they continued their high-powered attack at the net. They maintained a comfortable lead throughout the frame, and closed out the set 25-16 to secure the sweep.
It was a well-rounded effort for the Blues, with 13 players seeing the court and all making an impact. Head coach Emmanuel Denguessi was impressed by the team's well-rounded effort, but still saw room for improvement in the first game back after over a month off.
“There’s a lot of things to work on, especially consistency with the serve, the side out when we have a free ball from the other team – we need to maximize those,” said Denguessi. “What I was impressed with was the consistency with our passing and the team effort from everyone who came in and made a difference – those were the major takeaways.”
The balanced effort saw seven players tally at least two kills and eight with at least two digs. Justin Yee led the team with seven kills and thre aces, while Mattias Wels-Lopez had a perfect six kills on six attacks. Friesen recorded 27 assists to go along with two kills, seven digs, and three blocks.
The win improves Capilano to 11-2 on the season and moves them up into first place in the PACWEST past an idle Vancouver Island University. The Blues and Bearcats will rematch tomorrow night at the Sportsplex, with first serve at 7:00pm.