Cascades drop five-setter to Avalanche, settle for weekend split

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball team dropped a five-set decision to the College of the Rockies by the slimmest of margins on Saturday afternoon.

The Cascades had won the opener of the weekend series in Cranbrook in four sets on Friday, and in the rematch, the two teams alternated set victories – the Avalanche winning the first and third sets, UFV taking the second and fourth.

In the fifth, with the score tied 6-6, COTR reeled off four straight points to take control. The Cascades battled back, drawing to within 14-13, but Avalanche outside hitter Mackenzie Morey squeezed the ball through the UFV block for the winning point.

The Cascades now sit fifth in the PacWest conference at 3-7, while the Avalanche are 2-6.

“The difference today was, we made more errors,” Cascades head coach Mike Gilray said. “We were trying to do too much with some balls.

“They’re a very good team, so you’re going to have to earn points defensively and keep balls alive.”

Second-year outside hitter Rachel Funk earned player of the game honours for the Cascades, her effort highlighted by a pair of key kills late in the fourth set to boost her squad to a 25-23 win and extend the match. Fellow outside hitter Kelly Robertson, coming off a terrific 13-kill, 16-dig performance on Friday, was very good again on Saturday.

“For the two of them to be our players of the game this weekend was good, because we’ve had our middles leading us,” Gilray noted.

The Cascades volleyball teams wrap up their first-semester schedules at home next weekend, taking on the Capilano Blues at the Envision Athletic Centre. On Friday, the women play at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m., and Saturday’s games start at 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men).

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