Cascades cruise past Chargers in straight sets

The Cascades had plenty of reason to celebrate this weekend, as they swept the Camosun Chargers at home.

In their most dominant performance of the season to date, the University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball team wrapped up a weekend sweep of the Camosun Chargers on Saturday afternoon at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre.

The Cascades came out firing, taking the first and second sets by matching scores of 25-14, and kept the momentum flowing in the third, winning 25-11.

The Cascades (5-1) picked up their PACWEST-leading fifth win of the season, while the Chargers (0-6) remain winless.

“I thought we did a great job of recycling the ball and keeping our errors down,” said Cascades head coach Mike Gilray. “We really allowed for our blocks and defence to score.”

Setter Kara Williams ran the offence efficiently for the Cascades in their weekend series vs. Camosun.

“We had some rookies come in throughout the game, because the whole team works hard and we want to reward them for it. Everyone exceeded our expectations.”

Kim Bauder served the Cascades to a quick three-point lead in the first set, and they stretched it to 10-3 and pulled away from there behind a series of kills from Amanda Matsui and tough blocking from setter Kara Williams and middle Monique Huber.

The Chargers came out with more energy in the second set, but Matsui served UFV to another 10-3 lead with Cassidy Pearson and Teagan Johnstone providing some powerful attacks. A remarkable save by Huber allowed the Cascades to extend their advantage to 15-5, and Chelsea Kidd closed out the set with a kill.

The Cascades gained some separation midway through the third set behind the attacking prowess of Bauder and Johnstone, and a strong turn at the service line by Pearson put UFV up 18-9. Rookie middle Lauren Poirier put away a kill for the final point of the match.

Bauder led the defence with 10 digs and added seven kills. The third-year left side also helped spearhead a strong serving game – she, Huber and Matsui each had three aces.

The Cascades volleyball teams head into their bye week, and return to game action Nov. 10-11 at home vs. the Douglas Royals.

– by Raelyn O’Hara, UFV student communications assistant

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