The Capilano Blues men’s volleyball team are preparing to enter their second season under head coach Dave Dooley.
In his rookie season at the helm Dooley guided the Blues to a PACWEST bronze medal after finishing the campaign 18-6. Then in the bronze medal match at the PACWEST championship they swept the top seeded Douglas Royals who were upset in the semis.
Coming into this season Dooley and the Blues again have high hopes of improving on their bronze medal. They have added some new pieces specifically in the middle with four new faces. One of the biggest adds this offseason is the brother of two-time All-Canadian and setter Simon Friesen. Ben Friesen moves over from the UFV Cascades to play alongside Simon for their final season of eligibility.
As the main offensive weapon for the Cascades last year Ben still compiled 182 total points, 146 kills and 180 digs making him a huge piece on both sides of the net for the Blues.
The addition of Ben will help the missing production numbers of Zarley Zaluski who transferred to the UBC Thunderbirds. He had 132 kills last year and 167 total offensive points.
Also missing from the Blues line-up this year is the agile libero Jonathan Lee who joins Zaluski at UBC. Last season he led the PACWEST with 244 digs.
One of the biggest changes off the floor for the Blues is they have received more scholarship money and more programs at Capilano. Their full international scholarships have gone from one to three and the domestic scholarships have increased by 50%. Additionally, their Human Kinetics full degree program has been approved which no doubt will attract more student athletes.
The Friesen brothers along with third year outsider hitter Jacob Hopkins will captain the team.
The Blues open the new PACWEST season on Friday when they host the Douglas Royals, the same team they beat for the bronze medal last year.