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.
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