Cascades volleyball men victorious in home opener, beat Bearcats in straight sets

Dayton Pagliericci (7) and the Cascades men's volleyball team had plenty to cheer about on Saturday, as they beat the CBC Bearcats in three straight sets.

Dayton Pagliericci (7) and the Cascades men’s volleyball team had plenty to cheer about on Saturday, as they beat the CBC Bearcats in three straight sets.

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s volleyball team capped a perfect opening weekend with another straight-sets triumph over the Columbia Bible College Bearcats.

On the heels of a three-set win on Friday at Columbia Place, the Cascades blanked the Bearcats again in their home opener on Saturday at the Envision Athletic Centre.

UFV fifth-year outside hitter Adam Chaplin said the Cascades drew energy from playing in front of their home fans.

Cascades setter Adam Fredrickson

Cascades setter Adam Frederickson

“We usually have a good crowd for the home opener, and it’s nice to see,” he said. “It’s great to have a huge crowd, and we’re really thankful for the amount of people that do come out.

“Two wins is a good way to start our season.”

Cascades head coach Kyle Donen felt that Saturday’s performance represented a step forward for his squad, relative to the night before. In particular, he was heartened to see right side Joel Kleingeltink – a PacWest second team all-star last season – step up his game at the service line.

“He didn’t make a serve last night,” Donen related with a chuckle. “So to make a few tonight and to be rewarded for some of his swings was good to see. All in all, it was a good team effort tonight.

“We served significantly better tonight, so that made a huge difference for us. It allowed us to get the separation that we wanted to earn last night – it just didn’t happen that way. Overall, it was a much smoother game for us in all aspects. A couple different guys got in there late in the game and were able to contribute the way we wanted them to. We’re feeling good about starting 2-0, and looking forward to a tough test next weekend against Douglas.”

The Cascades volleyball teams hit the road next weekend to face the Douglas Royals, with games set for Friday (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m.) and Saturday (women 5 p.m., men 7 p.m.).

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