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Blues Go For Gold At Nationals

Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer

The Capilano Blues men's volleyball team has a chance to add a little more gold to their collection.

CapU took a dramatic five-set semifinals win over the perennial CCAA volleyball power Red Deer College Kings Friday night and will play for the national title Saturday.

Rafael Hilario accounted for the final two points of the night in a tense fifth set as he put away a kill, his 18th of the night, and provided a block at the net to seal the deal. 

The teams went point for point to start the match, arriving eights before CapU scored the first two consecutive points for one team and went up 10-8. They were soon forced to take a timeout though as the Kings rattled off five straight points, four of them kills. They see-sawed and were even again at 20 but a pair of Hilario kills plus a Red Deer service error gave the opening set to the Alberta side.

The Kings, who have three national gold medals and two silvers over the past seven seasons, were a motivated team in the second set and got three aces from Patrik Toze on the way to a 25-14 win.

Red Deer went up two sets to one with a 25-22 win in the third, Toze racking up seven of his 14 kills in that set alone.

With no room for error, the Blues played their most dominant set of the match in the fourth. The Friesen twins were major factors with Simon serving up all three of his aces on the night and Ben recording six of his 15 kills.

In the fifth and deciding set, the Blues took the first four points but the Kings took four straight after that. CapU forced the swap of sides getting to eight points on a Kings attack error. It was hard-fought all the way as the score was tied at nine, 10, 12 and 13 before Hilario's kill and block ended it.

Ben Friesen was the next highest scorer with 18 points on three aces to go along with his 15 kills. Jacob Hopkins had eight kills while Enis Besirevic had seven.

CapU will face the Humber College Hawks in Saturday's title game. Start time is set for 8 p.m. local time, 4 p.m. Pacific.


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