Cascades go into Christmas break on a winning note, sweeping past Blues

UFV Cascades file photo

UFV Cascades file photo

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s volleyball team capped a tremendous night of Cascades performances by defeating the Capilano Blues in three sets on the road on Thursday night.

On the heels of the women’s team’s straight-sets triumph over their Capilano counterparts, the Cascades men matched that feat by scores of 25-17, 25-20 and 25-18.

UFV (9-3) ends the first semester with a firm grip on second place in the PACWEST, and sits No. 8 in the CCAA national rankings. Capilano fell to 4-8, good for sixth in the conference.

The Cascades volleyball programs resume PACWEST play Jan. 6-7 on the road vs. the Douglas Royals.

“Perfect way to cap off a solid first semester,” UFV head coach Kyle Donen summarized. “It was a bounce-back game for us (after a loss to College on the Rockies on Sunday), and we get momentum and confidence heading into the all-important second semester.

“It was an overall team effort, and we looked like the hungrier team tonight.”

Fifth-year right side Joel Kleingeltink led the charge for the Cascades, particularly from the service line. He registered just one ace, but sparked the team on several lengthy runs when he was serving. The Langley, B.C. product also posted a team-high 11 kills and three blocks.

Left side Ben Friesen chipped in with eight kills and three blocks, and libero Isaiah Dahl notched a team-leading 13 digs.

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