One week after knocking off the top-ranked team in the nation, the University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball team added a win over a No. 2-ranked squad to their burgeoning resumé.
On Friday, the Cascades defeated the Capilano Blues, ranked second in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA), in four sets. Jenna Evans led the way with 12 kills and 22 digs, while Kayla Bruce chipped in with 10 kills.
The Blues came back on Saturday to salvage a split, winning in five sets. UFV sits at 8-2 on the season, while Capilano is 7-1.
“We knew we had to be at our best to beat our best to take them down,” said Cascades coach Dennis Bokenfohr, whose team is ranked No. 8 in the CCAA. “Through the first two sets we controlled the play and the girls were executing the game plan as well as can be expected. Capilano provided a good push in the third and fourth sets, and it took a well fought effort to finish off the game.”
The Cascades men’s volleyballers (4-6) followed a similar script, beating Capilano on Friday before falling Saturday. Aaron Flanagan’s 19 kills paved the way for Friday’s straight-sets victory.
RETZLAFF LIGHTS IT UP FOR BEARCATS
In other PACWest volleyball action, a record-setting performance by Jill Retzlaff powered the Columbia Bible College Bearcats women to a weekend sweep of the Douglas College Royals.
Retzlaff, a rookie outside hitter out of MEI, tallied a school-record 31 kills to lead the Bearcats to an epic five-set win on Friday. The CBC women made short work of the Royals in Saturday’s rematch, winning in straight sets to improve to 5-5 in conference play.
The Bearcats men, ranked No. 5 in the nation, were on the wrong end of a sweep, falling both nights to the No. 9-ranked Royals.
CBC HOOPSTERS TO HOST HOME OPENERS
The CBC basketball teams opened the PACWest regular season in Prince George, and both teams suffered blowout losses to the UNBC Timberwolves.
The Bearcats men fell 94-42, while the women were bounced 119-47.
The CBC hoopsters host their home openers this weekend at Columbia Place. They face the Camosun Chargers on Friday (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m.), and the Vancouver Island University Mariners on Saturday (women 1 p.m., men 3 p.m.).