CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director
For the second-straight day the Capilano University Blues and Camosun College Chargers went toe-to-toe in a match that went the full five sets, with CapU settling for a weekend split after dropping a 3-2 decision on Saturday afternoon in North Vancouver.
After losing the opening frame 25-18, the Blues answered back with a 25-21 win in the second to even up the match. CapU then bucked the trend of the teams alternating set wins, as they clawed back from being down 20-15 in the third to tie the set at 21 and persevere with a 29-27 win.
The fourth set saw both sides trade one-point leads up until 21-21 when Camosun won three points in a row to bring up match point. Yet CapU rallied to tie the score at 24 on a Justin Mo service run, forcing a timeout. Camosun had an answer out of the huddle, claiming the next two points to force a fifth set.
The final frame was all Chargers, as the visitors rolled to a 12-2 lead before closing out the match with a 15-6 decision.
To combat their opponents’ high-powered attack, each team displayed flashes of brilliant defence throughout the contest, which contributed to a number of lengthy rallies. Third-year libero Jonathan Lee – the conference's lead-leader for digs – was a specific standout for CapU, totalling 16 digs and making a number of sprawling saves. Markus Bratsberg and Jake Hagen also reached double-digits for digs, recording 15 and 13, respectively.
On the offensive side, Jacob Hopkins led the way with 16 kills and Justin Yee added 10 to go along with three aces and a block.
The defeat drops Capilano to 11-5 on the season, and they remain in third place in the PACWEST. The Blues will hit the road next weekend to face the College of the Rockies Avalanche in Cranbrook – the hosts of this year’s PACWEST Championships. The games are at 7:00pm PST on January 25 and 2:00pm on January 26, and can be viewed on pacwestbc.tv.