Cascades women’s volleyballers drop three-set decision to Mariners

The UFV women's volleyball team came out on the wrong end of a weekend sweep vs. VIU in Nanaimo. (Tree Frog Imaging file photo)

The UFV women’s volleyball team came out on the wrong end of a weekend sweep vs. VIU in Nanaimo. (Tree Frog Imaging file photo)

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball team fell to the Vancouver Island University Mariners for the second straight day in Nanaimo, dropping a three-set decision on Saturday afternoon.

Coming off a hard-fought five-set loss on Friday, the Cascades had their chances in Saturday’s rematch, particularly in the second set where they led by five points in the early going.

But the defending CCAA national champion Mariners showed their quality, rallying to win the second set 27-25 and thereby changing the complexion of the match (25-15, 27-25, 25-20).

The Cascades (1-4) are back in action at home next weekend, taking on the Camosun Chargers (Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m., Envision Athletic Centre).

“Very similar to yesterday – we’re just very inconsistent right now as a team,” UFV head coach Mike Gilray analyzed. “We just don’t have enough people playing consistently at the same time.

“Today VIU played a better game, and when we were unable to side out, they kept the pressure on and didn’t let us off with a bad missed serve. They had a good match against us today.”

Bright spots for the Cascades included another strong game at the service line from Keira Fisher, and uplifting contributions off the bench from libero Amy Davidson and Chelsea Kidd, who had stints at left side and right side.

“What I’ve like through the weekend is our depth as a team. We’ve been able to bring people off the bench, and it’s different people every night (stepping up),” Gilray said. “We just need to get more of them doing it in the same time . . . Right now, VIU’s experience and quality is better, longer.”

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