UFV women upset Mariners

Cascades women's volleyball team wins in Nanaimo, men drop both games

The UFV Cascades women’s volleyball team knocked off one of the top teams in the country on Saturday.

Coming off a four-set loss (25-15, 9-25, 20-25, 12-25) to the VIU Mariners on Friday, UFV returned to the courts in Nanaimo and pulled off a five-set (24-26, 25-20, 21-25, 25-21, 15-9) win over the number two-ranked Mariners.

Cascades head coach Mike Gilray said his team battled injuries to pull through with the big win.

“The depth of our team showed we had four first-year players on the floor in the fifth game,” he said. “For those girls to come in and be able to compete was awesome.”

The game-clinching fifth set saw the Cascades jump out to a 5-0 lead off the heels of stellar serving from Nicole Blandford.

The win improves the Cascades to a record of seven wins and nine losses, and they are in fifth place in the Pacwest.

It was a different story for the men’s team, who dropped both games to the Mariners. The Cascades were swept on both days, losing 25-15, 25-21, 25-8 on Friday, and 25-19, 28-26, 25-20 on Saturday.

The pair of losses drops the Cascades to a record of eight wins and eight losses on the season, and they sit fourth in the Pacwest.

Both teams now head into a bye week, and they return to action Jan. 30 and 31 with home games against the College of the Rockies Avalanche.