Cascades volleyball men open with sweep of Bearcats

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s volleyball team launched into the PacWest regular season in promising fashion, beating their crosstown rival Columbia Bible College Bearcats.

The Cascades swept the Bearcats in three straight sets at Columbia Place on Friday evening, and the scene shifts to UFV’s Envision Athletic Centre on Saturday for the back half of the home-and-home. The UFV and CBC women’s volleyballers play at 5 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7 p.m.

“It wasn’t picture-perfect – we definitely had our struggles with our serving,” Cascades head coach Kyle Donen said, reflecting on Friday’s triumph. “But we got everybody into the game, let everybody get a feel for it.

“For the most part, our overall team performance was good for the first game. A few nerves, but overall, we felt pretty good about it.”

Fifth-year outside hitter Adam Chaplin was among the standouts for the Cascades on Friday, blending a strong game at the service line with smart decision-making as an attacker. Sophomore setter Adam Frederickson, in his first game as the starter, did a good job of distributing the ball, while libero Isaiah Dahl also had a strong start.

“Room for improvement tomorrow, but we got the W,” Donen summarized. “I think we can be pretty happy about that.”

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