Cascades dig deep, blow out Blues in three straight sets

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball team snapped a four-game losing streak in emphatic fashion on Saturday, blitzing the Capilano Blues – the No. 9-ranked team in the nation – in three straight sets on the road.

The Blues were coming off a decisive three-set win over the Cascades on Friday, a result which precipitated a lengthy post-game team meeting for UFV. Whatever was said had the desired effect, as the Cascades played up to their potential in the rematch and prevailed by scores of 26-24, 25-21 and 25-17.

Cascades middle Emily Carroll was a huge presence with her blocking vs. VIU on Friday.

Cascades middle Emily Carroll was a huge presence with her blocking vs. VIU on Friday.

“It’s not what I said, it’s what they (the players) said,” head coach Dennis Bokenfohr related. “They came up with it all – they came up with the guidelines, I just wrote it up on a board and more or less agreed with them.

“It was a bunch of things you have to do in order to compete in any sport. One was just talking on the court. We had a lot better energy (on Saturday).”

The Cascades leveled their record at 11-11 and moved into a tie with College of the Rockies for fourth place in the PacWest conference, while the second-place Blues fell to 15-7.

Bokenfohr was so pleased with his entire team’s performance that he declined to single out any individuals.

“Tonight, I said to them all after the game that there was no player of the game,” he said. “There was a complete team commitment to the process we laid out. Only when we do that do we stand a chance to get the results we desire.

“It was fun to watch, man. It was fun to watch.”

The Cascades volleyball teams wrap up the regular season with a home-and-home series against the Columbia Bible College Bearcats, their crosstown rivals. Games run Friday at CBC and Saturday at UFV (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m. both nights).

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