The UFV Cascades and the CBC Bearcats square off to open the Pacwest regular season on Friday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

The UFV Cascades and the CBC Bearcats square off to open the Pacwest regular season on Friday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

‘Battle of Abbotsford’ returns to Pacwest volleyball courts

UFV Cascades, CBC Bearcats open regular season against each other

Pacwest volleyball competition returns starting today (Friday) and it’s highlighted by the ‘Battle of Abbotsford,’ with the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades and Columbia Bible College Bearcats men’s and women’s teams squaring off.

The 2019-20 season marks the final foray for the Cascades in Pacwest action, as the team moves up to Canada West play starting next year.

This weekend also is the debut of new Cascades men’s head coach Nathan Bennett and new UFV women’s head coach Janelle Rozema.

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Last year the men’s teams split the season series 2-2, while the UFV women swept CBC 4-0.

The home-and-home series opens at UFV’s Envision Financial Athletic Centre tonight, with the women tipping off at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m.The teams then shift to CBC’s Columbia Place with start times of 6 p.m. for the women and 8 p.m. for the men.

The final ‘Battle of Abbotsford’ games (unless the teams meet in the playoffs) will occur at the end of the regular season on Feb. 14 and 15.

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