Friesen earns second All-Canadian honour

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

CJ Pentland, CapU Sport Information Director

For the second season in a row, Simon Friesen of the Capilano University Blues men’s volleyball team has been named a CCAA All-Canadian. He was recognized by the conference on Wednesday evening in Red Deer, Alberta at the National Championship banquet.

Last year’s PACWEST and CCAA Player of the Year, the fourth year setter confirmed his status as arguably the top setter in the country, leading the Blues to an 18-6 record, a #9 ranking in the CCAA, and a PACWEST bronze medal – the team’s first medal since 2013. Running a balanced offence that involved all hitters from all positions, he was second in the league in assists per set with 8.36, and he averaged the seventh-most service aces per set with 0.47/set. He rounded out his game with 0.36 blocks/set and 1.22 digs/set.

An Arts & Sciences student at CapU, Friesen was also named a PACWEST First-Team All-Star back in February – the third year in a row he received the honour – and he was a Tournament All-Star at the PACWEST Championships.

"Simon had another great season for the Blues, evident by his ability to connect with hitters in an ever-changing starting lineup due to injuries," said head coach Dave Dooley. "He also demonstrated his versatility by improving on his service and defensive games, and by becoming an accomplished blocker to go along with running a diverse offence."

The Blues men’s volleyball program has now had three All-Canadians in program history, with Dan Lewis in 2005-06 the other. The CapU Blues varsity athletic program has had 68 All-Canadians in department history; the full list of accolades can be found on the History section of the website.