UFV Sports Friday – Volleyball Ends 2019 On A Sour Note – Hoops Split

Men’s Volleyball: Cascades wrap up 2019 slate with loss to Blues

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s volleyball team suffered a three-set loss on Friday to the Capilano Blues on the road to close out the fall semester.

The CCAA No. 10-ranked Blues (10-3) prevailed by set scores of 25-14, 25-19 and 25-21, dropping the Cascades to 5-8 in PACWEST play.

The UFV squad now heads into the Christmas break, returning Jan. 3 with a home game vs. the Douglas Royals.

“We started off slow tonight, but I commend the guys for pushing back,” Cascades head coach Nathan Bennett said. “We came up short at the end, but they’re starting to understand what it’s going to take to beat the top teams in our league. We’re going to prepare during the break to do so next term.”

The Blues thoroughly dominated Friday’s first set, building a 14-5 lead and cruising from there as the Cascades struggled with attack errors.

The second set was marginally better for the UFV squad, but Capilano nevertheless opened a 10-5 lead and kept them at bay the rest of the way.

The Cascades were much sharper in the third, and were within 21-20 after setter Graham Walkey found middle Jackson Obst for a kill. But the Blues were clinical from there, getting a pair of Jacob Hopkins kills and one from Leonard Tesarik to close out the match.

Landon Uy’s five kills were a team-high for UFV, and Justin Peleshytyk had four. Walkey and Matt Kornelsen registered five digs apiece, and Dylan Neudorf and Shubdeep Wander each had two service aces.

Capilano setter Simon Friesen – the 2018 CCAA player of the year – racked up 35 assists, and Hopkins (12 kills) was his primary target.

“Looking back at the first term, I think we’ve taken advantage of some teams where we needed to due to injury which is great,” said Bennett. “I think in order to do what we need to do in the second term, we have to learn a little bit more about consistency and playing at a higher level for a longer period of time.

Women’s Volleyball: Cascades toppled by Blues in fall-semester finale

The Capilano Blues sent the University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball team into the semester break on a losing note, knocking off the Cascades in three sets on Friday evening in North Vancouver.

The Blues boosted their record to 4-9 at the expense of the CCAA No. 7-ranked Cascades (7-6), prevailing by scores of 25-20, 25-23 and 26-24.

It marked the last game action of the 2019 calendar year for the Cascades, who return Jan. 3 with a home game vs. the Douglas Royals.

“They’re really good defensively,” UFV head coach Janelle Rozema said of the Blues, who have beaten the Cascades in each of their matches in North Van this season, the previous defeat coming back on Nov. 9. “They did a good job digging the ball and turning it around into strong offence back at us.

“We were too tentative. We’re trying to figure out how to compete. That’ll be what we’re working on – our level of compete in games and in practice.”

The Blues set the tone early, racing out to a 10-2 lead in the first set with Eva Nagata and Meghan Koven picking up two kills apiece during that stretch. The Cascades would trail by as many as 12 points (17-5) but mounted a rally to cut the deficit to 23-20 before finally running out of gas. Chelsea Kidd had a four-point service run during the comeback effort, with Kristen McBride registering four kills.

The Cascades appeared to be in control at various junctures in the second set, leading 14-10 and 20-16. But the Blues battled all the way back, going on an 8-2 run highlighted by a trio of Nagata kills and closing out the set on a Kelsey Towers block.

Capilano pulled ahead by three points midway through the second set, and while the Cascades would get back to within 23-22, the Blues would claw out the 26-24 win to seal the match.

McBride and Amanda Matsui posted seven kills apiece for the Cascades, and Chelsea Kidd and Sedona Arabsky had four each. Cassidy King’s eight digs were a team-high.

Nagata (13 kills) and Koven (12) were the top offensive performers for the Blues.

In Winnipeg – Men’s Basketball(with files from Mike Still, Bison Sports): Bisons win battle of the boards, fend off Cascades 93-86

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team made a second-half surge behind a small-ball lineup, but the Manitoba Bisons’ dominance on the glass carried them to a 93-86 victory on Friday evening in Winnipeg.

The Cascades (3-4) shot the ball well from beyond the arc (14-for-32), as they tend to do, and point guards Parm Bains and Vick Toor had big nights with 23 points apiece at Investors Group Athletic Centre.

But the Bisons (7-1) pulled through behind their work on the boards, out-rebounding the Cascades 47-31 while allowing UFV to collect just four of their own misses at the offensive end. Manitoba forward James Wagner tied the Cascades’ duo for game-high scoring honours with 23 points to go with 12 boards, and guard Rashawn Browne also had a double-double with 14 points and 12 assists.

“They’re one of the better rebounding teams in our league, so them out-rebounding us wasn’t a huge surprise,” UFV head coach Adam Friesen said afterward. “But we do hope to make that number a little more even tomorrow.”

Both teams generated great looks in the first quarter, however it was the Bisons who entered the second up 20-15.

Manitoba took over in the second, outscoring the Cascades 13-4 through the first five minutes and 26-17 overall. Browne facilitated across the lineup, recording nine assists through 20 minutes, while the Bisons shot 4-of-7 from beyond the arc in the frame.

Manitoba expanded the lead as high as 21 in the third, but the Cascades went to a small lineup at that juncture, with Sukhjot Bains (who stands 6’6” but usually plays guard) the tallest UFV player on the floor. The move served to ignite the Cascades, as Toor and Parm Bains revved the pace more to the visitors’ liking. The Cascades cut the deficit down to five points, but the Bisons got into the bonus in the fourth quarter and were able to clinch the game from the free throw line late.

“We decided to try something different (with the small-ball lineup) and had some success, so we stuck with it,” Friesen explained. “Their big guys were making life hard for us, but we were able to spread the floor and create some driving lanes.”

Toor had a massive effort off the bench for the Cascades. In addition to his 23 points, he racked up five steals, six assists and zero turnovers in his 20 minutes of playing time.

“When he pushes the tempo and is being aggressive and attacking, he’s such a spark for us,” Friesen said of Toor. “He was able to sustain an attacking style of play for an extended period of time, and he performed great because of it.”

Parm Bains, the Canada West leader in three-pointers made per game (4.7) outdid himself on this night, going 6-for-13 from beyond the arc. Sukhjot Bains added 14 points, Jaskarn Bajwa scored 10, and Matt Cooley had six points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Andre Arruda (15 points) and Risto Zimbakov (14) also scored in double digits for the Bisons, and Cameron O’Hara hauled in 12 boards.

Women’s Basketball: Cascades fall on road to hot-shooting Bisons

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team saw its four-game win streak snuffed out under a hail of Manitoba Bisons perimeter jumpers, as they dropped a 78-63 decision on Friday evening in Winnipeg.

The Bisons (3-4) shot 46.7 per cent as a team, highlighted by a 12-for-28 performance from beyond the arc, while limiting the Cascades (4-3) to 30.4 per cent shooting from the field at Investors Group Athletic Centre.

Manitoba forward Emma Thompson was lights-out from the perimeter, going 6-for-12 from distance on her way to a team-high 20 points. Rookie guard Lauren Bartlett added four treys of her own and finished with 12 points, nine assists and five rebounds.

UFV senior forward Taylor Claggett had a big game in defeat, racking up 25 points, 12 boards and seven assists.

The two teams wrap up the weekend series on Saturday (3 p.m. Pacific time, CanadaWest.tv).

“Our defence has really been bailing our offence out for a number of games here, but tonight it wasn’t able to,” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer said afterward. “I just thought we were a step behind all over the court tonight. When you’re a step behind defensively, you’re going to be in trouble. We gave them a lot of good looks, and they made us pay.”

Manitoba erupted for a 12-5 lead in the opening four minutes of the first quarter, forcing UFV to take a timeout. The Cascades — one of the conference’s stingiest defences coming in — responded in that department after the reset, going on a 10-1 run over the next two minutes to take their first lead. Rookie guard Nikki Cabuco was the catalyst with two steals and seven points as the two sides entered the second quarter tied at 20.

Just 21 combined points were scored during a defensive-minded second quarter, with the Bisons clawing out a 33-28 halftime lead.

The hosts took full control in the third, going on a 13-2 run to open the frame. Manitoba drained three shots from beyond the arc during the run and went 6-for-8 on threes in the quarter. Claggett stepped up, recording 15 points in the third, nine of which came from the free-throw line.

Fraser Valley cut Manitoba’s lead down to seven with two minutes to play, but couldn’t get any closer. Fittingly, it was Thompson’s sixth trey of the night with just over a minute left in regulation that was the dagger, and the Bisons finished the game off at the line.

Amanda Thompson and Deanna Tuchscherer scored 10 points apiece for the Cascades, joining Claggett in double figures.

Keziah Brothers (15 points, nine rebounds) and Addison Martin (12 points) also chipped in for the Bisons.

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