CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director / Photo Northfield Photography
Fifth-year setter Sarah Hughes capped off her career with Capilano women’s volleyball with more hardware on Wednesday night, being named a CCAA All-Canadian for the first time.
Over her five years with the Blues, Hughes developed into one of the best setters in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). A former left-side hitter out of St. Thomas More Collegiate in Burnaby, she moved to the setter position in her second year due to a knee injury and became the team’s leader both on and off the court – being named team MVP in 2014, 2015, and 2016. This past season she captained the Blues to a 17-7 regular season record and bronze medal at Provincials, as she orchestrated a dynamic offence and also ranked on the conference leaderboard in blocks and aces.
"I think she was well-deserving, especially having transferred to a new position," said head coach Cal Wohlford. "She is such a competitor and a strong athlete, that I think the award is well deserving for all the time and effort that she's put in on the court. She'll be missed greatly in our program, but hopefully she will be back as a coach."
Hughes had been previously recognized by the PACWEST, as she was named a conference Second Team All Star in 2015 and First Team All-Star in 2016 and 2017. This past season, she was also named to the Provincial All-Tournament Team after leading the Blues to a bronze medal at the tournament. In total, Hughes won a silver and three bronze medals with Capilano, and attended CCAA Nationals with the Blues in 2014.
A Business student, Hughes was also a Scholar Athlete Honourable Mention in 2016, an honour given to CapU student-athletes with a GPA between 3.00 and 3.49.