University of the Fraser Valley varsity athletes Manny Dulay and Jessica Funk have been honoured by their respective conferences for outstanding performances on the weekend.
Dulay, a fifth-year point guard with the men’s basketball team, is the Canada West men’s third star of the week across all sports after sparking the Cascades (6-8) to an impressive weekend split on the road vs. the Alberta Golden Bears.
On Friday, Dulay led the way as the Cascades upset the U Sports No. 6-ranked Golden Bears 73-71, counting five three-pointers among his team-high 20 points. Dulay was even deadlier from distance in Saturday’s rematch, draining 8-of-10 attempts from downtown including several highlight-reel efforts from well back of the arc. Alberta, though, prevailed 95-78 to salvage the split. (See above video for all 13 of Dulay’s three-pointers vs. the Golden Bears).
Dulay’s sparkling senior season has him leading the nation in three-pointers with 55, and he’s rapidly climbing the Canada West all-time triples list. He currently sits fifth with 219 threes made in his career, and is on pace to pass Danny Balderson (Lethbridge Pronghorns, 1993-95, 1997-00) and Casey Archibald (UBC Thunderbirds, 2002-07) who are tied for third at 239. The Surrey, B.C. product is also a talented playmaker who is tied for second in the conference in assists per game (4.6), and he ranks 12th in scoring (16.9 points per game).
Funk, a third-year setter, is the PACWEST women’s volleyball athlete of the week after guiding the Cascades to their first weekend sweep of regular season against the Camosun Chargers on the road.
The Surrey, B.C. product guided the offence with efficiency and flair – on Friday, she racked up 55 assists and a team-leading 12 digs as the Cascades defeated the Chargers in a five-set thriller. UFV won Saturday’s rematch in four sets, with Funk registering 37 assists.
The weekend results allowed the Cascades (7-11) to overtake Camosun (5-11) and take sole possession of fifth place in the PACWEST. Funk, in addition to her setting skills, is one of the conference’s most dangerous players from the service line, ranking third overall in aces (0.48 per set).
The Cascades basketball and volleyball squads are both in action at home this weekend. The hoopsters host the Thompson Rivers WolfPack on Friday (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m.) and Saturday (women 5 p.m., men 7 p.m.) in the South Gym at the Envision Athletic Centre. Over in the EAC North Gym, the Cascades volleyballers will be taking on their No. 1-ranked counterparts from Vancouver Island University. Games run Friday (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m.) and Saturday (women 1 p.m., men 3 p.m.). Additionally, the annual Cascades Classic wrestling tournament runs Sunday at the EAC, starting at 9 a.m.