Cascades volleyball women complete weekend sweep of rival Bearcats

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball team wrapped up a weekend sweep of the Columbia Bible College Bearcats on Friday evening, prevailing in four sets at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre.

Monique Huber and the Cascades prevailed in four sets on Friday at home vs. CBC. (UFV Athletics file photo)

Coming off a three-set triumph at CBC on Thursday, the Cascades opened Friday’s rematch at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre by clawing out a 26-24 win in a hard-fought first set. The Bearcats leveled the match with a 25-17 triumph in the second set, but the hosts bounced back to take the third and fourth in decisive fashion, 25-17 and 25-18.

The Cascades improved to 2-0 in PACWEST play, while the Bearcats fell to 0-2.

“We battled to win that tight first one,” Cascades head coach Mike Gilray said afterward. “We had an entirely different starting lineup tonight, and I thought they battled hard for a win.

“13 of our 14 players got in tonight, and I think overall we gave it a great go.”

Sophomore middle Hanna Hieltjes sparked the Cascades off the bench, racking up seven kills on just nine swings. Rookie libero Karissa Marazzi also sparkled for the winners, posting a 2.25 rating on her passes.

The Cascades volleyball teams take on the Capilano Blues next Friday (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m.) and Saturday (women 5 p.m., men 7 p.m.) at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre.

– by Raelyn O’Hara, UFV Athletics communications assistant

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