Abbotsford volleyball rivalry weekend turned out to be a clean sweep for the UFV Cascades.
The Cascades men’s and women’s teams opened the Pacwest season in style, winning all four games against cross-town rivals the Columbia Bible College Bearcats.
The UFV women’s squad started the weekend off with a 3-2 win on Friday at CBC. The women won the first two sets 25-16 and 25-12 before CBC came back with 25-18 and 25-23 wins. The Cascades won the decisive set 15-10 to earn the win.
The men swept the Bearcats 3-0 to also open the season on the winning side.
The teams met again on Saturday at UFV and the Cascades took care of business at home. The women beat CBC 3-1 on scores of 25-23, 20-25, 25-16 and 25-12. Women’s team head coach Mike Gilray said his team made some adjustments after Friday.
“We were definitely more prepared coming in,” he said. “I was able to watch video and give the girls some options on how to score better and help my setter out in those same ways. We wanted to use our middles more, and we were able to today. Our leading kill-getter today was the middle, which was huge.”
The men continued a run of dominance over CBC, again winning in straight sets 3-0 on Saturday at home.
“Two wins is a good way to start our season,” said men’s team head coach Kyle Donen.
“We served significantly better tonight, so that made a huge difference for us. It allowed us to get the separation that we wanted to earn last night – it just didn’t happen that way. Overall, it was a much smoother game for us in all aspects. A couple different guys got in there late in the game and were able to contribute the way we wanted them to. We’re feeling good about starting 2-0, and looking forward to a tough test next weekend against Douglas.”
The teams hit the road for games against the Douglas College Royals on Friday and Saturday.