Men’s volleyball finishes in the top two
By Davie Wong, Sports Editor
What a season it has been for the men’s volleyball program. This week they wrapped up their regular season with back-to-back contests against the Capilano Blues.
The first of the two games was played at home on Thursday. The home closer did not disappoint in terms of excitement. Perhaps a little too much excitement for a team of this calibre, but the crowd loved it. The first set went exactly as planned by coach Brad Hudson. The Blues had trouble getting anything past the front line of the Royals. Everything they threw up was blocked or thrown right back at them. The home team convincingly took the set 25-16.
The second set was a little messy. There was lots of misplaying from both teams are they traded possession nearly every other point. They rallied back and forth until the 20s, when the Royals pulled the trigger and finished it. They took that set 25-22.
The third played very much like the second, except instead of both teams playing poorly, Capilano played extremely well, and forced the Royals into tough situations they didn’t expect to be in. But the home team never looked like they lost control. If anything, it seemed like they were having a bit of fun. The Royals finished the set 25-23 and swept the game 3-0.
The second of the two games was played on Capilano’s court on Friday. The Douglas squad that showed to play on Friday, looked much different than the squad that showed up the day before. Gone were the antics, misplays, and playing around.
The first set of the night picked up right where they left off the night prior. Capilano once again showcased that they can give good teams a run for their money. They went all the way to the final two points to decide a winner. In the end, it was the Royals who had the ability slam it home and take the set 25-23.
Unfortunately for the Blues, the good news ended there. The Royals began their methodical disassembling of the other team, as they have this entire season. Picking their spots, the Douglas players were practically spiking with laser-point accuracy. There was little the Blues could do as the Royals rolled over them in the second set, 25-18.
After that, you’d think there’d be a little mercy, but no one seemed to know the definition of that word. The third set was a slaughter. The men made no mistakes as they tore apart the Blues on their court and sent a statement to whoever they may be playing in the playoffs.
With the two wins, they move to 20-4 and secure a top two finish, which guarantees a semifinal berth.