UFV’s Kim Bauder (left) and Alysha Cooper go up for a block during Pacwest volleyball action on Friday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

UFV women split at home with Camosun

Cascades women’s volleyball team remain in third, men’s team struggles continue

The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades women’s volleyball team bounced back from a five-set loss to the Camosun Chargers on Friday to earn a 3-0 (25-14, 25-9 and 25-21) win on Saturday afternoon.

The win was an important one for the club, as it ensured they kept pace with the Chargers for third place in the Pacwest standings. Both teams have 18 points, but UFV has two games in hand.

“It was a huge response,” Cascades head coach Mike Gilray said. “That was a massive game for us, standings and playoff-wise, to make sure we keep pace with them. It was a clutch performance, and it was one of our most consistent nights. We rarely let them go on any runs.”

The Cascades’ offence was extremely diverse, with five players registering between three and nine digs. Amanda Matsui led the way with nine kills, and Kim Bauder (six), Hanna Hieltjes (six), Fisher (four) and Alysha Cooper (three) all had their moments offensively.

Friday’s game saw the Cascades drop the final two sets, and it was service errors that cost them. The club were charged with 22 service errors, but things improved on Saturday and it led to the improved result.

“Today we went back to real confident serving, and watched how it changed the game,” Gilray said. “Overall, there was a big difference in our commitment to detail.”

Meanwhile, the struggles continued for the men’s team as they were swept by the Chargers on Friday and Saturday.

The club fell in four sets on both days, but head coach Kyle Donen said his team showed some signs of improvement on Saturday.

“Tonight was definitely a step forward,” he stated. “I think we played well enough to win, we just fell a little bit short at the end of the sets we had our chances in. Especially that last set – unfortunately we just gave up too many runs towards the end and just fell short.”

The men fall to 1-13 on the season after the pair of losses, and they are tied for the sixth and final playoff spot with the Columbia Bible College Bearcats.

Both the men’s and women’s teams return to action on the weekend, with games against the College of the Rockies Avalanche on Saturday (women 5 p.m., men 7 p.m.) and Sunday (women 11 a.m., men 1 p.m.).

For more on the teams, visit gocascades.ca.

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