CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director
The Capilano University Blues men’s volleyball team travelled to Abbotsford this past weekend and returned with a pair of wins, downing the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades on both Friday and Saturday night to improve to 7-3.
On Friday night CapU used a balanced effort where eight players recorded a kill and the team posted a .347 hitting percentage en route to a 3-0 win. The Blues took the first two sets in convincing fashion by scores of 25-18 and 25-17, and staved off a late push by the Cascades to secure a 25-23 decision in the third to secure the sweep.
Markus Bratsberg and Jacob Hopkins tied for the team-high in kills with seven apiece, while Jonathan Lee added to his league-leading digs total with nine digs. Setter Simon Friesen paced the offence with 23 assists to go along with six digs, three service aces, and three kills.
The Blues took care of business in four sets on Saturday, rebounding from a 25-22 loss in the second frame to win the next two 25-21 and 25-22, respectively, to win the match 3-1.
CapU was again efficient on offence, posting a .444 hitting percentage and seeing six players record at least six kills. Friesen had a season-high 47 assists, and Hopkins led the way with 14 kills. Max Clarke tallied seven kills on nine attempts for a .778 percentage, and Jake Hagen also didn’t make an error with six kills on eight attempts. Both Bratsberg and Markiel Simpson had three aces apiece, and Lee led the defensive effort with 11 digs.
As CapU approaches the midway point of the season, they sit in fourth place in a crowded PACWEST standings where first and fourth place are separated by just four points. They close out 2018 with a home-and-home against first place Douglas College; Friday’s contest is at 8:00pm in New Westminster, and on Sunday the Blues are at home, with first serve at 8:00pm in the Centre for Sport and Wellness in North Vancouver.