Cascades stay perfect at home, defeat Avalanche in four sets

Dayton Pagliericci had a big game for the Cascades, racking up 14 kills on 16 attempts. (UFV Cascades file photo)

Dayton Pagliericci had a big game for the Cascades, racking up 14 kills on 16 attempts. (UFV Cascades file photo)

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s volleyball team continued its dominance at the Envision Athletic Centre, dispatching the College of the Rockies Avalanche in four sets on Saturday evening.

The Cascades, ranked No. 8 in the nation, improved to 7-0 at home and 8-2 overall, good for second place in the PACWEST. The fourth-place Avalanche fell to 5-6.

The two teams renew hostilities on Sunday afternoon (1 p.m., Envision Athletic Centre).

The Cascades won the first two sets in decisive fashion, 25-13 and 25-15, but COTR clawed out a 28-26 triumph in the third to extend the match. UFV got back on track in the fourth and got the winning point on a solo block by setter Adam Frederickson.

“The first two sets, we were really solid – I didn’t think they had much of a push-back,” Cascades head coach Kyle Donen analyzed. “Maybe they lulled us to sleep a little bit. We had an early lead in the third set, too, we just let them back in, which we can’t do.

“We were definitely solid in those first two sets, and then when they finally started to play, we didn’t quite respond right away. . . . We need to be a little bit smarter, a little more consistent throughout the set. If we can maintain that consistency, I think we can be better tomorrow.”

The Cascades got a huge game from Dayton Pagliericci – the third-year middle racked up a team-leading 14 kills on just 16 attempts, and his four blocks were tied with Frederickson for team-high honours.

Right side Joel Kleingeltink chipped in with 11 kills, and left side Matt Whittall notched 10.

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