First-place Chargers complete weekend sweep of Cascades

For the second straight day, the University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball squad showed they can compete with the top team in the PacWest, only to be turned aside by the Camosun Chargers.

Coming off a hard-fought five-set loss in Victoria on Friday evening, the Cascades took a set from the CCAA No. 3-ranked Chargers in Saturday afternoon’s rematch, but the hosts prevailed in four (25-18, 22-25, 25-18, 25-18).

PacWest frontrunner Camosun improved to 7-1 on the season, while the fifth-place Cascades fell to 2-6.

“I’m happy with the level of volleyball we played as a whole on the weekend,” UFV head coach Mike Gilray said. “But today was more inconsistent.

“We’re playing against an extremely good team here in Camosun, and I thought we did a really good job of holding Michelle (Zygmunt, PacWest total offence leader) under control today and forcing them to make some changes.

“We maybe didn’t adjust quick enough, and they were able to grab momentum back after we won that second game.”

The Cascades got strong defensive efforts from libero Ray Flores and left side Kelly Robertson, both of whom were inserted in the starting lineup for Saturday’s rematch.

“We had some different people step up this weekend, and I like to see that,” Gilray said. “It shows that we’re deep . . . and can be balanced.”

The UFV volleyball teams hit the road again next weekend, facing the College of the Rockies Avalanche in Cranbrook on Friday (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m.) and Saturday (women 1 p.m., men 3 p.m.).

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