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CapU returns from Cranbrook with two wins

Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

The Capilano University Blues men’s volleyball continued their winning ways this past weekend, as the Blues travelled to Cranbrook to face the College of the Rockies Avalanche and came back with a pair of wins to improve to 14-2.

Friday saw the Blues roll to a straight-sets victory over COTR (25-15, 25-22, 25-14). All 14 players on the score sheet saw the floor, with 10 recording at least one kill and 11 tallying at least one dig. CapU also racked up 12 blocks on the night, with Kevin Chiu leading the way with four.

Justin Yee had a game-high 12 kills on a 0.588 hitting percentage, and Jonathan Lee led the team in digs with eight.

Saturday’s game went the full five sets, with the Blues having to come from behind after dropping the first set 26-24. CapU took the next two frames by identical 25-17 scores, but COTR responded with a 26-24 win in the fourth to extend the match. Capilano regrouped in the fifth set, jumping out to an early advantage and closing out the sweep with a 15-11 decision.

Setter Simon Friesen racked up a season-high 59 assists in the contest, and was the team’s most consistent player over the weekend in the eyes of head coach Emmanuel Denguessi. Sameh Khodr was the main beneficiary of Friesen's passing with 17 kills on a 0.519 hitting percentage, while Yee and Jacob Hopkins also reached double-figures. As a whole, the team attacked at a 0.477 rate – by far a season best.

On defence, Lee had a game-high 11 digs, and Yee and Zarley Zalusky both had two blocks apiece.

Capilano remains atop the PACWEST standings at 14-2, and now heads into a crucial weekend series against 12-2 Vancouver Island University. The two teams split their first weekend series back in November in Nanaimo, and with five weeks of regular season play left, this match-up will have a big impact on who finishes in first place.

First serve on Friday, January 19 is at 8:00pm, and Saturday’s contest is at 3:00pm at the Sportsplex in North Vancouver.

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