The Capilano Blues women’s volleyball team collected their fair share of hardware on Wednesday afternoon, as the PACWEST recognized four Blues players for their excellence this past season.
Leading the way Capilano were Sarah Hughes and Kira Sutcliffe, who were named PACWEST First Team All-Stars for the second-straight year.
For Hughes, a fifth-year setter from St. Thomas More Collegiate in Burnaby, this is her third All-Star honour overall, as she was also named a second-team all-star in 2015. She led the Capilano offence with her strong passing – orchestrating a balanced, powerful attack that kept the defence guessing. A business student, Hughes contributed in all other facets of the game as well, finishing on the PACWEST leaderboard in aces and blocks. As captain of the Blues, she led her team to a 17-7 record that saw them finish third in the conference, and they are currently ranked #7 in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). She has also been named Team MVP for the last three seasons.
This is Sutcliffe’s third consecutive year as a First-Team All-Star, as the right-side hitter also won PACWEST Player of the Year in 2015 and was named a CCAA All-Canadian in 2015 and 2016. A graduate of Boundary Central in Osoyoos, Sutcliffe received a bit less of the workload this season due to a more balanced offensive attack, but still finished third in the conference in total offense (3.94 per set), fifth in kills (3.09), eighth in blocks (0.52), and eleventh in aces (0.34). Her .601 hitting percentage was also the best in the CCAA.
In her first year at Capilano, Tyneille Neufeld made an immediate impact at the left-side position and was named a Second Team All-Star. The second-year from Winnipeg finished 10th in the conference in digs (2.76), 12th in in kills (2.45), and 12th in total offence (3.07), and posted a .423 hitting percentage that was seventh-best in the country.
Right-side Anika Kolybaba earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team thanks to her strong performance in 18 games played this season. The first-year from College Heights Secondary in Prince George made significant improvements throughout the season in her attacking game, and made an immediate impact with her blocking and defensive play.