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UFV Sports Thursday – Volleyball

Women’s Volleyball: Cascades turn in dominant performance vs. Blues

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball team ended their first-half schedule on a high note, earning an impressive three-set victory over the Capilano Blues on Thursday evening in North Vancouver.

The Blues came in ranked No. 10 in the nation, but the Cascades prevailed in decisive fashion (25-17, 25-16, 25-14).

UFV (4-8, tied for fifth in PACWEST) and Capilano (7-5, third in PACWEST) are done with conference play for 2016 and return to action Jan. 6-7. The Cascades open 2017 on the road vs. the Douglas Royals.

“Our team had a great response to last week,” UFV head coach Mike Gilray said, alluding to the Cascades’ struggles in a four-set loss to College of the Rockies last Sunday. “As a team we had our best serving night so far this year, and we also had our best passing game.”

Monique Huber paced the Cascades at the service line with five aces, and libero Amy Davidson led a rock-solid defensive performance.

Rachel Funk racked up a team-high 10 kills to go with eight digs.

Men’s Volleyball: Cascades go into Christmas break on a winning note, sweeping past Blues

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s volleyball team capped a tremendous night of Cascades performances by defeating the Capilano Blues in three sets on the road on Thursday night.

On the heels of the women’s team’s straight-sets triumph over their Capilano counterparts, the Cascades men matched that feat by scores of 25-17, 25-20 and 25-18.

UFV (9-3) ends the first semester with a firm grip on second place in the PACWEST, and sits No. 8 in the CCAA national rankings. Capilano fell to 4-8, good for sixth in the conference.

The Cascades volleyball programs resume PACWEST play Jan. 6-7 on the road vs. the Douglas Royals.

“Perfect way to cap off a solid first semester,” UFV head coach Kyle Donen summarized. “It was a bounce-back game for us (after a loss to College on the Rockies on Sunday), and we get momentum and confidence heading into the all-important second semester.

“It was an overall team effort, and we looked like the hungrier team tonight.”

Fifth-year right side Joel Kleingeltink led the charge for the Cascades, particularly from the service line. He registered just one ace, but sparked the team on several lengthy runs when he was serving. The Langley, B.C. product also posted a team-high 11 kills and three blocks.

Left side Ben Friesen chipped in with eight kills and three blocks, and libero Isaiah Dahl notched a team-leading 13 digs.

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