Women’s Volleyball: Cascades wrap up weekend sweep vs. Avalanche
(Raelyn O’Hara, Cascades student communications assistant)
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball team secured a weekend sweep, defeating the College of the Rockies in three straight sets on Sunday.
Playing at Abbotsford Senior Secondary, the Cascades won by scores of 25-20, 25-15 and 25-22 to boost their record to 7-3. The Avalanche fell to 3-8.
“They made a lot of errors, but it wasn’t a clean game from either side,” said Cascades head coach Mike Gilray. “Our serving kept us ahead as we struggled offensively; it would have been nice if we could have connected the two to make a cleaner match.
“We put them in a lot of trouble with our serving and gave them no real breaks, making only seven errors.”
The Cascades, ranked No. 7 in the nation, took a quick 7-2 lead in the first set with left side Kim Bauder and right side Keira Fisher leading the attack. The Avalanche rallied to draw even at 14-14, but the UFV offence stole back the momentum and took the set.
A massive serving streak from Keira Fisher brought the Cascades an 8-0 lead to open the second set, and they cruised from there. The Avalanche came out with more energy in the third, leading 8-6 early, but Bauder reeled off a five-point service run to help UFV open an 18-11 advantage. Some Cascades hitting errors allowed COTR to cut the deficit to 23-22, but UFV scored the next two points to close out the match.
While Gilray wasn’t pleased with his team’s offensive execution, he termed their performance at the service line “our best of the year.” UFV ended up with 11 aces – five from Bauder and three from Amanda Matsui.
Left side Chelsea Kidd led the offence with six kills, and Bauder (14 digs) ran the back row alongside libero Cassidy King (seven digs).
The Cascades volleyball teams are off to Nanaimo next weekend to face the Vancouver Island University
Men’s Volleyball: Cascades defeat Avalanche, extend win streak to three
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s volleyball team defeated the College of the Rockies Avalanche in four sets on Sunday afternoon, wrapping up a weekend sweep and running their win streak to three games.
Playing at Abbotsford Senior Secondary, the Cascades took the first two sets 25-19 and 25-21. The Avalanche bounced back to win the third 25-19, but the hosts controlled the fourth set and closed out the match 25-17.
The Cascades now stand at an even 5-5 in PACWEST play, good for third place, while COTR fell to 4-8.
“I’m happy to see we came out with two wins despite the challenge of playing in new gyms,” Cascades head coach Kyle Donen said. “I thought we adapted really well.
“Our offence was pretty good, but we struggled to pass. It made it a little more difficult to run the offence we were running, but when we passed well we had a good offence.”
The Cascades got off to a 5-1 lead in the first set, but Avalanche tied it up 5-5. UFV outside hitters Matt Whittall and Nick Bruce helped the hosts regain control, dominating at the net to pull the Cascades ahead 20-13 en route to victory.
In the second set, COTR outlasted UFV in the longer rallies, but Cascades captain Ben Friesen pulled his team out of a rut midway through the set and Bruce capitalized in the late stages of a 25-21 win.
Bruce and Whittall continued to thrive in the third to get the Cascades out to a 7-3 head start, but the Avalanche battled back. With the score deadlocked 19-19, COTR’s Breno Fabbri went on a service run, highlighted by back-to-back aces, to help his team extend the match.
UFV leapt ahead 7-2 in the fourth set, and while the Avalanche were able to close to within 14-12, Friesen, Whittall and Bruce were dynamic offensively as the Cascades pulled away to win.
Friesen led the offence with 15 kills followed by Dayton Pagliericci with 10 and Bruce with nine. At the service line, UFV registered four aces split between Bruce and Adam Frederickson.
The Cascades volleyball teams are off to Nanaimo next weekend to face the Vancouver Island University Mariners.