Cascades men’s volleyball stays undefeated at home, sweep Royals in three sets

Joel Kleingeltink (13), Dayton Pagliericci and the Cascades picked up a second straight win over Douglas on Saturday. (UFV Cascades file photo)

Joel Kleingeltink (13), Dayton Pagliericci and the Cascades picked up a second straight win over Douglas on Saturday. (UFV Cascades file photo)

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s volleyball team completed a highly impressive weekend sweep of the Douglas Royals in decisive fashion, prevailing in three straight sets on Saturday at the Envision Athletic Centre.

Coming off a four-set triumph on Friday, the Cascades broke out the brooms in the rematch, winning by scores of 25-22, 25-18 and 25-18.

Given where the two teams sat in the CCAA national rankings heading into the weekend – Douglas was No. 8, UFV was No. 12 – the Cascades can expect to move up when the new national poll is released on Tuesday.

UFV is second in the PACWEST conference at 7-2, including a perfect 6-0 at home, while Douglas (4-4) is tied for third place.

“It’s a great way to go into the break,” said Cascades head coach Kyle Donen, whose team is heading into a bye week. “We’re feeling good about our game, and this weekend everyone on our team gained valuable experience which will definitely benefit us going forward. Every role was filled and accomplished, which gives us more confidence in our entire squad.”

After grinding out a win in a back-and-forth first set, the Cascades controlled the second set from the get-go and continued that trend in the third, jumping out to a quick 7-3 lead on their way to victory.

Fifth-year right side Joel Kleingeltink led the offence with 11 kills, and middle Connor Pruim notched a team-high four blocks. Nick Bruce and Cole Nutma both sparked the Cascades from the service line with three aces apiece, and libero Evan Bell-Foley had 11 digs in his second straight start in place of the injured Isaiah Dahl. Bruce also chipped in defensively with eight digs.

The UFV volleyball teams are back in action at the Envision Athletic Centre Nov. 26-27 against the College of the Rockies Avalanche.

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