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Another W, Blues make it 11

Another W, Blues make it 11

Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer

Holding the visiting College of the Rockies (COTR) Avalanche to just an .062 hitting percentage Sunday afternoon and with seven players combining to post eight total blocks, the Capilano Blues men's volleyball team earned their second 3-0 win in as many days.

The Blues are now on an 11-game win streak and have not dropped a set since a 32-30 setback in the third set Nov. 23 at Columbia Bible College.

Rafael Hilario posted 9.5 points of total offence while Enis Besirevic checked in with five block assists to stymie the Avalanche attack.

"It was another great team win for us," said Blues head coach Dave Dooley. "We knew we would be facing a weakened COTR missing Caleb Peters plus they played nine hard sets against Douglas College and long bus ride, so it was a good opportunity for us to focus on our side and to give several players opportunities."

With the opening set tied 11-11, Capilano got a handle on the proceedings thanks to five consecutive COTR attacking errors. The Blues didn't trail again the rest of the night. 

Simon Friesen chalked up 13 of his 28 assists on the night in the second set and got kills from five different hitters. Overall, seven Blues players registered multiple kills for the match led by Hilario's nine.

In the third set, Capilano got a pair of early kills from both Hilario and Dimitrije Djordjevic to set the tone and hold the lead throughout. Djordjevic and Besirevic teamed up on two different occasions for blocks in the third set underscoring the Blues dominance at the net on the night.

In Saturday's opener, a balanced attack and a team hitting percentage of .526 was the recipe for the Blues as they started off 2020 with a 3-0 win over COTR.

Set scores were 25-19, 25-17 and 25-17 as the Blues extended their PACWEST winning streak to 10 games.

The visitors hung tight in the opening set and trailed just 20-18 after an attack error by Cap's Jacob Hopkins but a kill from Graeme Hughes and a service ace from Hilario righted the ship for the Blues and they never looked back.

Capilano got out to a healthy lead in the second set, taking eight of 10 points in one stretch to earn a 19-9 edge. Setter Simon Friesen shared the ball amongst Hopkins, Hilario, Hughes and Leonard Tesarik who almost matched his season highs with six kills and 8.5 points of offence.

The Blues used another 8-2 run in the third set, which included a pair of kills from Serbian international Djordjevic, to get breathing room on the way to the sweep. Djordjevic finished with four kills to match his season high.

With so many players contributing, Dooley has been challenged to make decisions about everyone's playing time.

"It makes my job very difficult come the weekend in deciding my starting lineup, but makes for a very enjoyable and competitive training environment during the week," said Dooley. "It is my belief that this high level of competition and pressure to perform on a nightly basis will help prepare us for the championship push."

Next up is a road trip to Camosun College in Victoria for games Jan. 17 and 18. The next home date is Friday, Jan. 24 with Columbia Bible College coming to CapU.