Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer
The Capilano Blues men's volleyball team extended their winning streak to eight games with a three sets to one triumph over the Columbia Bible College (CBC) Bearcats.
Jacob Hopkins put away 19 kills, the most of any Blues player in a game this season, to lead the offensive attack. After missing three weekends in a row as he recovered from an injury, his stat line Saturday made it clear he's back in a major way.
"Jacob is a high-flying athlete that is tough for any defense to handle," said Blues head coach Dave Dooley. "His presence back in our lineup gives our setters a very athletic option to set whether in the front or back row, helping to spread the opponents' blockers."
Blues setters Simon Friesen and Jenson Yuen took full advantage of Hopkins' dominance as they picked up 38 and 15 assists respectively. Rafael Hilario also got into double digits in kills with 10 while Graeme Hughes, Ben Friesen, and Leonard Tesarik had eight apiece.
The only blemish on the Blues' series at CBC was a loss in the third set that went all the way to 32 points after it looked like CBC was all but finished.
"It seemed tough for us to close that one out," said Dooley. "Up 24-20 it seemed like we took the foot off the pedal, expecting to coast to victory, which is something we can't afford to do and thankfully CBC made us learn that lesson the hard way."
The loss in the third set was the first setback of any kind for the Blues since they dropped the opening set to the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) back on Nov. 9.
It will be UFV providing the opposition for the Blues' next home game, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. at CapU's Centre for Sport and Wellness. This will be the last home game of 2019 for CapU; they start up again on Jan. 11, hosting the College of the Rockies.
In Thursday's series opener at CBC, the Blues chalked up 12 aces to put away the Bearcats three sets to none.
Capilano did not trail at any point in the match and the dozen aces were the most the Blues have served up in their current string of wins.
Nine different Blues recorded kills and the team hit .290 on the night. Hopkins led the way with eight put-aways and also chipped in with five digs.
The Blues gave leading outside hitter Hilario a rest in the final set of the night which allowed an opportunity for first-year Serbian international Dimitrije Djordjevic who registered four kills and hit .429.