The CCAA No. 13-ranked Cascades got off to a solid start in the first set, only to fade late and fall 25-19. They pushed the Chargers even harder in the second set, but Camosun eked out a 27-25 win. UFV broke through with a 25-23 triumph in the third, but the hosts closed out the match 25-12 in the fourth.
“I think if we’d won the second set, it would have changed the match,” Cascades head coach Kyle Donen analyzed. “Overall, I thought we played relatively well. We had some moments where we could have been better in certain situations. We know we can be better and continue to improve on what we’re doing.”
Right side Joel Kleingeltink, a PacWest second team all-star last season, was the Cascades’ offensive leader on Friday. Kleingeltink’s serve has only been working intermittently early in the season, but he rediscovered his mojo from the service line and boosted his team in that respect.
“He stood out in a big way, especially offensively,” Donen said.
The Cascades (4-3) and Chargers (7-0) lock horns again on Saturday at 3 p.m.