Cascades v-ballers rally past ‘Cats

The UFV volleyball teams won three of four games over their crosstown rivals from Columbia Bible College on the weekend.

Matthew Erickson (13)

Matthew Erickson (13)

The University of the Fraser Valley volleyball teams won three of four games over their crosstown rivals from Columbia Bible College on the weekend, highlighted by a thrilling rally by the Cascades men on Saturday.

The CBC Bearcats men, the defending national champions, won the opener of the weekend doubleheader at UFV’s Envision Athletic Centre on Friday in three quick sets. They appeared poised to complete the sweep, winning the first two sets on Saturday.

But the Cascades came roaring back to win the last three sets and steal the victory (22-25, 20-25, 25-22, 26-24, 15-12). Aaron Flanagan led the attack with eight kills, while Dillon Collett registered 10 digs.

“I am very proud of our team,” said UFV coach Greg Russell, whose team improved to 2-2. “They fought hard tonight and won the key battles.”

Bearcats coach Rocky Olfert noted that his team had 15 unforced errors in the third set, and failed to close out the fourth set after leading 23-20.

“UFV played really well, they never let up and we got a little too comfortable,” analyzed Olfert, whose team sits at 3-1 on the season.

On the women’s side, the Cascades swept the Bearcats in three sets both nights. UFV remained undefeated at 4-0, while CBC fell to 0-4.