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Two wins over Douglas move CapU into second

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

The Capilano University Blues men’s volleyball team closed out the 2018 portion of the season in convincing fashion, defeating the CCAA #6 ranked Douglas College Royals 3-1 on Sunday night in North Vancouver. The victory came on the heels of a 3-2 win over Douglas on Friday, and moves CapU into second place in the PACWEST with 9-3 record.

The Blues were powered by a strong passing game that allowed for a balanced offensive effort led by setter Simon Friesen. Middle Markiel Simpson had a team-high 11 kills on a .500 hitting percentage, while four other players had at least five kills. Jonathan Lee anchored the defensive effort, tallying 10 digs and passing the ball well from the reception line.

“It was a great team effort,” said head coach Dave Dooley. “We had a couple pretty key players on our team who are injured and not able to play, and to have other guys just step up and answer the call – and other guys after that coming off the bench and answering the call – just shows the depth of the team.”

Capilano’s strong passing effort also forced Douglas into 26 service errors and just one ace.  

“It wasn’t Douglas’ best weekend, but I like to think that it was having to do with a lot of the pressure that we put on them, and our passers were passing well which made them be more aggressive from the service line – which led to the service errors,” said Dooley.

At the halfway point of the season, the Blues are in second place in a crowded top half of the PACWEST standings, two points back of first place Camosun College. CapU now heads into the winter break, and will be back in action on January 4 and 5 when they travel to Nanaimo and face the 8-4 Vancouver Island University Mariners. The Blues are then back home on January 18 and 19 when they host Camosun.