UFV’s Amanda Matsui earned the Pacwest women’s volleyball player of the week for her efforts against Douglas College last weekend.

UFV’s Amanda Matsui earned the Pacwest women’s volleyball player of the week for her efforts against Douglas College last weekend.

Cascades’ Matsui named Pacwest athlete of the week

Volleyball player off to hot start for women’s team

Amanda Matsui of the UFV Cascades has been named the Pacwest women’s volleyball athlete of the week.

The sophomore left side from Port Coquitlam was honoured after leading the Cascades to a weekend split against the No. 2-ranked team in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association, the Douglas Royals.

On Friday, the Cascades prevailed in four sets in Abbotsford, and on Saturday in New Westminster, they had two match points in the fifth set only to watch the Royals rally to win 18-16. Matsui was instrumental both nights – on Friday, she racked up 20 kills with six digs and three aces, and on Saturday she posted 21 kills, 17 digs and two aces.

For the season, Matsui ranks second in the Pacwest in kills (2.75.set), 12th in aces (0.46/set), 11th in digs (2.21/set) and third in total offence (3.36 points/set).

The CCAA No. 11-ranked Cascades (4-4) are on a bye this week and return to action at home Nov. 16 and 17 vs. the Capilano Blues.

The UFV men’s volleyball team, who are currently winless this season, also return to action next week against the Blues.

The Columbia Bible College Bearcats men’s and women’s teams head to Cranbrook this weekend to take on the College of the Rockies Avalanche on Friday and Saturday.

Both the CBC men’s and women’s teams sport 0-6 records early into the Pacwest season. The teams next home game occurs on Nov. 16 when the Royals come to Abbotsford.

For more on all the teams, visit pacwestbc.ca.