Capilano Blues 3, Durham Lords 0
The Capilano Blues men's volleyball team has begun its national championship journey on a winning note.
CapU came away with a 3-0 quarterfinals victory Thursday over the Durham Lords of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association, with set scores of 25-16, 25-19 and 25-18.
Outside hitter Rafael Hilario opened the game with a kill to win Capilano the first point of the match. Hilario went on to finish the game with 15 kills, six digs, and 16 points.
The Blues never trailed in the first set and got rolling with 12 of 16 points in one stretch to go up 19-10 and prompt a Durham timeout. The Lords staged a brief rally but couldn't overcome the deficit.
In the second set, the score was briefly tied 4-4 but the Blues again went on a binge in the middle of the set and took eight of the next 11 points. After having distanced themselves from the Lords at 20-13, the Ontario side capitalized on some Blues errors and got back within three. That was as close as it got however as the Blues went up two sets to none.
Durham led 4-3 early in the third set but the Blues wound up getting two kills from Ben Friesen and an ace from Jacob Hopkins to regain control. They never trailed again on the way to the straight-sets win.
In addition to Hilario's performance, Hopkins was another highlight player for the Blues, finishing with nine kills, four digs and 10 points of total offence.
"I think as a player you want to focus on yourselves and bring it as a team and I think we are fortunate to have a loud bench and we got a great team atmosphere to get us engaged," said Hopkins about the venue being emptied earlier that evening. "So, I think we really just got to into the game ourselves and didn't need any outside atmosphere."
The Blues advance to Friday's semifinals where they will face Red Deer College who defeated host St. Thomas University Thursday in straight sets.
Game time for the semifinal is set for 4 p.m. Pacific.
The broadcast will be streamed live online at: https://portal.stretchinternet.comccaasportsacsc