Blues defeat Cascades men’s volleyballers to cap weekend sweep

Josh Fefchak and the Cascades dropped a three-set decision to Capilano on Saturday.

The PACWEST-leading Capilano Blues completed a weekend sweep at the expense of the University of the Fraser Valley men’s volleyball team, prevailing in three sets on Saturday at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre.

The Blues (4-0) are the lone undefeated team remaining in the conference, and after knocking off the Cascades in the series opener on Friday, they won Saturday’s rematch by scores of 25-18, 25-14 and 25-18. UFV fell to 1-3.

Ben Friesen handles a Blues serve.

“We had inconsistencies, and that’s been our problem in the last few games,” said Cascades head coach Kyle Donen. “We couldn’t find a way to earn points.

“I think they (the Blues) played well, but there were some things that could have been better.”

Capilano raced out to an early eight-point lead, and rode that momentum to a first-set victory, highlighted by an incredible save by Justin Mo. The Blues’ first-year libero jumped over the chairs on his team’s bench to send the ball back into play, and Cap went on to win the point.

In the second set, the Cascades hung tough thanks to some strong attacks and well-formed blocks, but the Blues went on an 8-2 run midway through the set to expand a 10-8 lead to 18-10, and they cruised from there.

The third set featured a number of long rallies, but the Blues took advantage of Cascade errors to pull away.

Ben Friesen (six kills) and Lucas Mantel (four kills) led the UFV squad offensively.

The Cascades volleyball teams are back at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre next weekend to host the Camosun Chargers. Games run Friday (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m.) and Saturday (women 1 p.m., men 3 p.m.).

– by Raelyn O’Hara, Cascades student communications assistant

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