Royals mount another comeback, edge Cascades in five sets

Head coach Mike Gilray offers the Cascades some words of wisdom during a recent home game. The Douglas Royals completed a weekend sweep of the UFV squad on Saturday.

Head coach Mike Gilray offers the Cascades some words of wisdom during a recent home game. The Douglas Royals completed a weekend sweep of the UFV squad on Saturday.

For the second straight evening, the Douglas Royals completed a comeback at the expense of the University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball team.

On Friday, the Cascades won the first set and led 24-21 in the second before the Royals seized the momentum and won in four. In Saturday’s rematch at the Envision Athletic Centre, the hosts took two of the first three sets, but CCAA No. 5-ranked Douglas won the last two by scores of 25-15 and 15-10 to wrap up a weekend sweep.

The Cascades fell to 2-7 in PACWEST play, which leaves them in sixth place in the conference. Douglas is tied for first with Vancouver Island University at 7-1.

“We met our standards in passing and serving tonight,” UFV head coach Mike Gilray noted. “Offensively, we were not strong. Douglas has a strong, deep team and they played some great defence tonight.”

Cascades libero Amy Davidson had her second straight game of 20-plus digs, notching 26 on Saturday after digging up 23 balls in Friday’s opener. Left side Kim Bauder was a bright spot offensively for UFV, racking up 18 total points (11 kills, five aces, two blocks).

“Kim Bauder played great this weekend – she led us from start to finish with her attitude and play,” Gilray said.

The UFV volleyball teams are on a bye this coming weekend, and they return to action at the Envision Athletic Centre Nov. 26-27 against the College of the Rockies Avalanche.

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