Blues Close January with Straight-Sets Win

Blues Close January with Straight-Sets Win

Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer

In their only game of the week, the Capilano Blues men's volleyball team took care of the host University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Cascades with a 3-0 win Friday, closing out January with a 6-1 record and improving their overall ledger to 16-4.

The Blues started fast, getting out to a 17-5 lead in the first set getting kills from five different players and service aces from Leonard Tesarik and Ben Friesen. Capilano was so dominant in the opening set, UFV head coach Nathan Bennett was forced to call two timeouts in attempts to gather his players.

He would need to do the same in the second set as well after Blues setter Simon Friesen, who wound up with 31 assists on the night, again shared the ball around evenly to help Capilano to a six-point edge early on and a 20-15 lead on a kill by Ben Friesen.

An ace from CJ Johnston and a kill by Jacob Hopkins finished the set and put the Blues in the driver's seat heading to the third set.

The final set of the night proved to be UFV's best but it was still not enough. The Cascades picked up nine of 12 points in the middle of the set to go up 15-13 but Capilano responded with a kill from Rafael Hilario and then forced UFV into a pair of attacking errors before Ben Friesen notched another kill putting the Blues back up two.

The scored see-sawed from there and the Cascades were within a point of forcing a fourth set but Hilario again provided a key point for the Blues with a kill and UFV made two errors that handed the set and the match to the visitors.

Capilano's presence at the next was a huge factor on the night as they got solo blocks from Enis Besirevic and Simon Friesen while Tesarik had five block assists and four others had two block assists each. UFV hit just .013 on the night compared to .250 for the Blues.

Ben Friesen led the way with 12 kills, tying his season high, and he also had two aces. Hopkins and Hilario wound up with nine kills each while Besirevic and Tesarik each contributed an ace.

Capilano travels to Nanaimo next weekend to play No.3-ranked Vancouver Island University. Game times are 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 and 3 p.m. the following day. The next Blues home game is Senior Night to honour the graduating fifth-year players on Saturday, Feb. 15.