Avalanche bounce back to beat Cascades in four sets

The College of the Rockies Avalanche turned the tables on the University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball team on Sunday, fashioning a four-set victory at the Envision Athletic Centre.

The Cascades had claimed Saturday’s opener in three straight sets, but the Avalanche salvaged a weekend split by scores of 25-20, 25-23, 22-25 and 25-22.

After dropping the first two sets, the Cascades appeared to have righted the ship after winning the third set and building a 21-16 lead in the fourth. But COTR caught fire at that point, going on a 9-1 run to end the match.

The victory allowed the Avalanche (4-8) to leapfrog the Cascades (3-8) for fifth place in the PACWEST.

“I think we’ve got to start loving the battle,” UFV head coach Mike Gilray analyzed. “There are no teams in this league that are going to give you a night off – you’ve got to expect the battle every game. Last night, it was really only a few points that made that lopsided win. You’ve got to be ready to go point-for-point with everybody and be able to handle the swings. We’re not handling them right now.”

A positive for the Cascades was the play of third-year left side Rachel Funk – she posted a 48 per cent hitting efficiency and racked up 28 digs.

The UFV volleyball teams wrap up their first-semester schedules on the road against the Capilano Blues on Thursday (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m.).

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