Cascades volleyball teams melt Avalanche

UFV men's, women's teams posts wins over COTR Avalanche

Kelly Robertson of the Cascades smashes home a point during Pacwest action against the Avalanche on Sunday.

Kelly Robertson of the Cascades smashes home a point during Pacwest action against the Avalanche on Sunday.

The UFV Cascades men’s and women’s volleyball teams swept away the College of the Rockies Avalanche on Saturday and Sunday.

Coming off a bye week, the women showed some rust, but finished strong to beat the Avalanche in four sets (25-21, 19-25, 25-17, 25-20) on Saturday.

“We try to base all of our games on our standard, and I felt like we were below our standard in our passing and serving,” said women’s head coach Mike Gilray. “We had to have different people step up and play well tonight, and Kara Williams stepped up and took that on. She had a great blocking game, slowing down their outsides, and offensively she hit at a high standard.”

The women followed that up with another four-set win on Sunday, beating the Avalanche (25-18, 23-25, 27-25, 25-22).

“I think we were much happier with the quality of volleyball today,” Gilray said. “It was a tough battle, and it was great to see the girls commit to small details, stay consistent, and be able to pull the win out.”

The pair of wins bring the women to .500, and they now have a record of nine wins and nine losses. They sit tied for third in the Pacwest.

The men followed suit, with a three-set win (27-25, 25-22, 28-26) on Saturday, and a four-set triumph on Sunday (22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-21).

The men improved to a record of 12 wins and eight losses, and they are in sole possession of third place in the Pacwest.

Both teams return to action this weekend, with games against the Capilano Blues in North Vancouver on Friday and Saturday.