The University of the Fraser Valley men’s volleyball program earned provincial and national plaudits on Tuesday in the aftermath of two weekend wins over the Camosun Chargers.
The Cascades made their season debut in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national rankings, checking in at No. 12 in the latest edition of the poll. They made the leap by virtue of their twin four-set victories vs. Camosun – the defending PACWEST champion Chargers had come into the weekend ranked No. 10 in the nation.
“The guys are working hard, and I think they’ll appreciate the recognition,” UFV head coach Kyle Donen said. “But at the end of the day, we’ve got to keep playing how we’re playing and keep moving up the ranks. It’s nice to have that recognition, and it gives us something to strive for, too. We have the opportunity to push to get into the top 10, and hopefully the top eight to give ourselves a chance to go to nationals.”
Additionally, Cascades outside hitter Ben Friesen picked up PACWEST men’s volleyball athlete of the week honours after igniting the Cascades’ offence against Camosun. The sophomore out of Abbotsford’s Mennonite Educational Institute racked up 16 kills in Friday’s win, along with one block and three digs. On Saturday he registered 17 kills, one block and seven digs. For the weekend, Friesen accounted for 35 total points with a hitting percentage of .458.