Cascades wrap up season sweep of Blues

Connor Pruim (14) ended the game with a stuff block as the Cascades swept the Capilano Blues on Saturday. (UFV Athletics file photo)

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s volleyball team completed a season sweep of the Capilano Blues on Saturday evening, prevailing in three sets on the road in North Vancouver.

The Cascades took the first two sets by relatively comfortable margins – 25-17 and 25-20 – but the third set was a down-to-the-wire nail-biter. With the score tied 24-24, UFV took advantage of a Capilano hitting error to get to match point, and after a lengthy rally highlighted by a pair of huge digs by Cole Nutma, middle Connor Pruim ended matters with a stuff block.

UFV (13-3, second in PACWEST), coming off a three-set triumph on Friday in Abbotsford, went a perfect 4-0 against the Blues (6-10) in conference play this season, dropping just one set along the way.

Cascades head coach Kyle Donen felt his team’s performance on Friday had been inconsistent at times, and he was more satisfied with Saturday’s showing.

“We got the job done, and I think they (the Blues) played better as well tonight,” said Donen, whose team is ranked No. 8 in the nation. “Definitely some things for us to continue to improve upon, but we took some steps toward where we want to be.”

Left side Ben Friesen led the UFV offence with 11 kills, along with four blocks, four digs and an ace. Right side Joel Kleingeltink registered 10 kills, two aces, two blocks and four digs, and libero Isaiah Dahl had 16 digs.

The UFV volleyball teams are in Victoria next weekend to face the Camosun Chargers. Games run Friday (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m.) and Saturday (women 1 p.m., men 3 p.m.).

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