Volleyball season ends for UFV men’s, women’s teams

Teams fall during Pacwest provincials at Columbia Bible Colleg

Kelly Robertson of the Cascades gets ready to serve during the Pacwest provincials on Friday.

Kelly Robertson of the Cascades gets ready to serve during the Pacwest provincials on Friday.

The seasons are over for the UFV men’s and women’s volleyball teams.

The clubs participated in the Pacwest Provincial Tournament, which ran from Thursday to Saturday at Columbia Bible College.

The women scored an upset victory over the Douglas College Royals on Thursday, winning in four sets (29-27, 19-25, 25-18, 25-21). The win advanced them to the final four on Friday, where they fell in four sets (25-21, 25-23, 25-17, 25-10) to the VIU Mariners.

The women started off hot against the Mariners, and led 23-22 late in the second set but the Mariners rallied to win. The Cascades then lost 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-19) on Saturday in the bronze medal game to the Capilano Blues.

Despite the elimination, women’s head coach Mike Gilray said he’s optimistic about the future of his team.

“Every point that we got to play here gives us experience for next season,” he said. “Being able to get some rookies some playoff experience only helps in the long run. It’ll make us a better team.”

The men’s team suffered an upset 3-1 loss (25-23, 16-25, 25-23, 26-24) to the College of the Rockies Avalanche on Thursday to end their season.