CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director / Action photos Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures
On a night honouring Capilano’s four fifth-year players, the veterans led the way for the Blues and powered them to a 3-1 victory over the Douglas College Royals to end Cap’s regular season on a winning note.
Capilano got down 4-0 off the bat, but quickly regrouped and battled back to build up a seven-point lead and force two quick Douglas timeouts. Several big blocks by Kolby Richter helped bring up set point, and then fellow senior Kelsi Boroevich finished it off with a service ace.
Douglas came back and took the second set 25-21 to even up the match, but the Blues quickly put that behind them and won the third 25-20. Several points off of long rallies kept Cap comfortably in front, and a solo block by Kira Sutcliffe capped off the frame with an exclamation point.
The Blues didn't let up in the fourth, taking control from the get go and cruising to a 25-14 win to secure the four-set victory and win their final home game this season.
The win came on the heels of a tilt on Friday night in New Westminster, with the match going the distance after the Blues and Royals teams alternated victories in the first four sets. The trend continued in the fifth, as Douglas jumped out to a quick lead and took the final set 15-5 to close out the victory. Sutcliffe led the team in kills with 19, while Boroevich led the way on defence with 12 digs.
The Blues finish the regular season at 17-7 and in a tie for second place with Douglas, but the Royals hold the head-to-head tiebreaker with a 3-1 record against the Blues this season. Cap will head into the PACWEST Provincial tournament as the #3 seed and take on the #6 Camosun College Chargers in the first round. The tournament gets underway on Thursday, February 23 at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. The Blues and Chargers match goes at 1:00pm, and can been streamed live on pacwestbc.tv.
The four graduating seniors
Kelsi Boroevich: The native of Burnaby spent four years at Cap, coming back here for her senior season after spending last year at Brock University. She was a regular starter at the left side position, with her powerful attacks having a huge impact and her strong serve putting her near the top of the league leaderboard in service aces. Boroevich was a PACWEST provincial team all-star in 2014, and won a provincial silver medal in 2014 and bronze in 2015. Off the court, she is completing her Human Kinetics degree.
Kolby Richter: In her five years with the Blues, Richter has always been a key part of the Cap at the middle position. A graduate of Clarence Fulton Secondary in Vernon, she has averaged over half a block per set over her career -- including nearly a block per set last year, the second-best reate in the conference -- and on offence she's been extremely efficient, making only six errors on 52 attacks this year. She has also helped the Blues to three PACWEST medals: silver in 2014, and bronze in 2015 and 2016. In the classroom, Richter is finishing up a Bachelor of Tourism Management.
Sarah Hughes: After a knee injury in her second year, Hughes switched from left-side to setter and developed into arguably the best setter in the conference. Her leadership and passion leads the team day-in and day-out, and she has received numerous accolades for her performances, including: First Team PACWEST All-Star in 2016 and Second Team All-Star in 2015; Team MVP in 2014, 2015, and 2016; provincial silver medal in 2014; and bronze medals at provincials in 2015 and 2016. In addition to her time on the court, she has been working towards her Bachelor of Business Administration.
Kira Sutcliffe: The right side hitter from Osoyoos has become one of the most dominant players in the province and country. She's accumulated quite a bit of hardware during her time as a Blue, including: PACWEST Player of the Year in 2015; PACWEST First Team All-Star in 2015 and 2016; PACWEST provincial tournament All-Star in 2015 and 2016; CCAA All-Canadian in 2015 and 2016; provincial silver in 2014; and provincial bronze in 2015 and 2016. In the classroom, she is completing her Business Administration Diploma.