CJ Pentland, CapU Sport Information Director
The Capilano University Blues men’s volleyball travelled to Cranbrook this past weekend and returned with a pair of sweeps, downing the College of the Rockies 3-0 on both Friday and Saturday to improve to 13-5 on the season.
Friday’s 3-0 was much closer than the score indicated, with all three sets being decided by two points and two going past 25 points. The two sides traded leads during the opening frame until CapU built a two-point lead at 23-21, and they eventually closed out a 25-23 decision for the early lead.
CapU had eight total chances at set point in the second, but COTR kept finding a response and brought up two set points of their own. Finally at 31-31, a Markiel Simpson kill followed by a COTR attack error gave the Blues a 33-31 victory and a 2-0 lead.
COTR looked poised to extend the match by jumping out to a 14-8 lead in the third and serving at set point on 25-24. But some tough defence helped Capilano tie the score at 25 before winning the next two points to secure the sweep.
Markus Bratsberg had a team-high 11 kills in the contest on a .444 hitting percentage, while Simpson added 10 on a .400 mark. Jake Hagen added nine to go along with six digs, which was tied with Jonathan Lee for tops on the team.
Saturday’s sweep featured more breathing room, as the Blues won by scores of 25-19, 25-22, and 25-21. Bratsberg again eclipsed double-digits in kills with 10, and Zarley Zalusky added seven kill and three aces. Nine different players recorded a kill in the match, and six had at least one ace.
The sweep keeps the Blues in third place in the PACWEST with six games left to play in the regular season. The team is back at home next weekend to host the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades on Friday at 6:00pm and Saturday at 5:00pm.