Cascades set for Provincials

UFV men's, women's volleyball teams battling for Pacwest title

UFV's Nicole Blandford blocks a spike by CBC's Jodi Ennis during Pacwest volleyball action on Friday.

UFV's Nicole Blandford blocks a spike by CBC's Jodi Ennis during Pacwest volleyball action on Friday.

The UFV Cascades men’s and women’s volleyball teams head into the Pacwest provincials with a home court advantage of sorts.

Abbotsford’s Columbia Bible College hosts the three-day event, which means a short drive for the Cascades, and a familiar environment.

The men closed out the regular season with two straight 3-0 wins over the CBC Bearcats in a home-and-home on Feb. 18 and 19. UFV finished the season in fourth place, with a record of 14 wins and 10 losses, and open the provincials Thursday night against the College of the Rockies Avalanche.

The men won three of four games against the Avalanche in the regular season.

The Cascades women ended the season with a record of nine wins and 15 losses, after dropping their final two games to the Bearcats. UFV finished in fifth place and kick off the provincials against the Douglas College Royals on Thursday at 6 p.m.

The women lost all four games they played against the Royals during the regular season.

The Bearcats men’s and women’s teams both failed to make the playoffs.

The tournament runs until Saturday, with the women’s gold medal game occurring at 6 p.m., and the men’s taking place at 8 p.m.

For more information, visit pacwestbc.ca/championships/volleyball/index.