CJ Pentland, CapU Sport Information Director
The Capilano University Blues men’s volleyball team took care of business on their home court on Saturday, defeating the Columbia Bible College Bearcats 3-1 to improve to 17-5 with two games left in the regular season. The victory came on the heels of a 3-1 win over CBC on Thursday night in Abbotsford, giving the Blues a series sweep.
After taking the first set 25-18 on Saturday, CapU was leading for much of the second before CBC mounted a comeback. Down 17-14, the Bearcats chipped away and took the lead at 22-21 before closing out a 25-23 decision that evened the match at one apiece.
The Blues got back to business in the third set, staking an early five-point lead and slowly extending it en route to a 25-16 win. The fourth set was close until midway through the set, as with the score tied at 12 CapU scored the next seven points on a Justin Yee service run that featured two aces. The Blues allowed just one point over the rest of the way, going on a 13-1 to win the frame 25-13 and the match 3-1.
Jake Hagen had a team-high 12 kills to go along with eight digs, and middle Zarley Zalusky had a strong game with eight kills and 4.5 blocks. Yee added nine kills, six digs, two aces, and 1.5 blocks, and libero Jonathan Lee had 11 digs to add to his league-leading total.
Thursday’s game was also a 3-1 victory for CapU, as once again they won the first set, dropped the second and then took the final two frames handily. Yee was a force on offence with 13 kills on a .455 percentage, and Nikita Marchenkov had nine. Across the board, six different players had at least four kills and four had at least five digs – led by Lee’s 18.
Next weekend has the Blues squaring off against first place Douglas College in a home-and-home series that will likely decide who receives a first-round bye at the PACWEST Championships. The Royals are 19-3, but two of their losses were against the Blues back in November; two wins for CapU would move them ahead of Douglas thanks to the head-to-head tiebreaker. The series opener goes Thursday, February 14 at 8:00pm at the Centre for Sport and Wellness, and the season finale is on Saturday at 6:00pm in New Westminster.