UFV's Nicole Blandford tips a shot over the net during Pacwest volleyball action on Friday.

UFV's Nicole Blandford tips a shot over the net during Pacwest volleyball action on Friday.

Cascades teams take three of four

Busy Friday night at UFV sees volleyball, basketball teams post wins

The athletic building was rocking from all corners on Friday at UFV.

Both the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams hit the floor of both gyms, with the teams posting wins in three of the four games.

Women’s volleyball: UFV Cascades – 3 (25-18, 25-23, 25-18) Camosun Chargers – 0

The women’s team opened with a 25-18 win in the first set, but in set two fell behind 6-0. The Cascades battled back, and closed the gap to 17-16 to rally late and win 25-23. The third set was more of the same, with the Cascades opening up a 20-12 win and winning 25-18.

“It’s a great way to start off the second half of the season,” said women’s team head coach Mike Gilray. “I thought our passing today was the best its been all year. We also did a good job shutting down their best hitter Michelle Zygmunt [UFV and Mouat grad].”

The win improves the women’s team to five wins and eight losses on the Pacwest season.

Women’s basketball: UFV Cascades – 73 Mount Royal University Cougars – 58

The Cascades women’s basketball team started off the game red-hot, jumping out to a 25-5 lead after the first quarter and cruised to the 73-58 win.

Forward Taylor Claggett scored a career high 23 points, and shot a sparkling 90 per cent from the field to lead UFV. Kayli Sartori added 17 points, and returning forward Katie Brink scored 13.

The women’s team improves to a record of five wins and four losses in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport season.

Men’s basketball: UFV Cascades – 89 MRU Cougars – 75

The men’s team also set the tone early, grabbing a 26-17 lead after the opening quarter to post the 89-75 win.

Guard Kevon Parchment had a monster game, with 28 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and six steals. Manny Dulay added 19 points, and Brandon Burke had 11 points and six rebounds off the bench.

The Cascades shot 50 per cent from the floor in the win. They improve to six wins and three losses in CIS play.

Men’s volleyball: Camosun Chargers – 3 (23-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 15-12) UFV Cascades – 2

The only blemish on the night for UFV came at the hands of the Camosun Chargers, but the men’s team nearly toppled the undefeated Victoria squad.

The Cascades held a 2-1 set lead, and fell behind early in the fourth set, only to even the set at 19. Camosun eventually took the set 25-22. In the fifth and deciding set, the Cascades held an 8-6 lead, but the Chargers stormed back for the 15-12 win.

UFV drops to seven wins and six losses in Pacwest play with the setback.

All four teams are back in action on Saturday at UFV. The volleyball teams hit the court in the afternoon, with the women playing at 1 p.m. and the men at 3 p.m.

The basketball teams return in the evening, with the women tipping off at 5 p.m and the women at 7 p.m.

Read Wednesday’s print edition of The Abbotsford News for more coverage on the games.