Taking on the Camosun Chargers, last season’s CCAA bronze medalists and the current No. 3-ranked team in the nation, the Cascades took two of the first three sets and held a five-point lead in the latter stages of the fourth.
But the host Chargers rallied to steal a 25-23 win in the fourth set, and they finished off the match in five (23-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 15-9).
In the aftermath, Cascades head coach Mike Gilray noted that his team “probably should have won in four,” but felt they made great strides as a group.
“I thought this was the best game we’ve played the entire year,” he said. “It was a two-hour marathon, point for point most of the way, and we got better as a team.
“We’re hoping to get better again tomorrow.”
The Cascades got another big game from middle Monique Huber, who registered nine kills on 20 attacks despite coming off a week of illness which caused her to miss three practices. Outside hitters Rachel Funk (12 kills, 10 digs) and Kelly Robertson (10 kills) also excelled for UFV, while libero Amy Davidson racked up 16 digs.
Camosun (6-1) and UFV (2-5) clash again on Saturday afternoon (1 p.m. start).