The University of the Fraser Valley men’s volleyball team wrapped up a weekend sweep of the reigning PACWEST champs on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Camosun Chargers in four sets at the Envision Athletic Centre North Gym.
The Cascades, coming off a four-set win over Camosun on Friday, took the rematch in similar fashion (25-20, 22-25, 25-23, 25-19) as sophomore left side Ben Friesen spearheaded the offence with 17 kills.
UFV improved to 5-2 and grabbed sole possession of second place in the PACWEST, while the fourth-place Chargers fell to 4-4.
“It feels really good – we felt good about how we played last weekend, we just didn’t get the result,” Cascades head coach Kyle Donen said, referring to his team’s twin losses to the first-place VIU Mariners Oct. 28 and 29. “I still don’t think we played to our full potential, but we played well at certain points of the match to secure these victories. Room for improvement and still a chance to get better, but still a pretty solid weekend for us to be able to sweep a good team in Camosun.”
Friesen paced the Cascades offensively, but he had plenty of support – Joel Kleingeltink had 11 kills, Dayton Pagliericci had nine, and Connor Pruim and Nick Bruce notched seven apiece. Setter Adam Frederickson, in addition to running the offence efficiently, posted a team-high three blocks.
Donen said the most pleasing element of the victory was his team’s resilience.
“They made a couple big plays, and we didn’t really let it hurt us,” he explained. “We probably shouldn’t have lost the one set, and they won in on a couple of big points, but we came back and played really well in the next set. I thought our bounce-back was really good today.”
The Cascades volleyball teams are back in action at home next weekend, taking on the Douglas Royals on Friday (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m.) and Saturday (women 5 p.m., men 7 p.m.).