The University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball team secured a weekend sweep, defeating the College of the Rockies in three straight sets on Sunday.
Playing at Abbotsford Senior Secondary, the Cascades won by scores of 25-20, 25-15 and 25-22 to boost their record to 7-3. The Avalanche fell to 3-8.
“They made a lot of errors, but it wasn’t a clean game from either side,” said Cascades head coach Mike Gilray. “Our serving kept us ahead as we struggled offensively; it would have been nice if we could have connected the two to make a cleaner match.
“We put them in a lot of trouble with our serving and gave them no real breaks, making only seven errors.”
The Cascades, ranked No. 7 in the nation, took a quick 7-2 lead in the first set with left side Kim Bauder and right side Keira Fisher leading the attack. The Avalanche rallied to draw even at 14-14, but the UFV offence stole back the momentum and took the set.
A massive serving streak from Keira Fisher brought the Cascades an 8-0 lead to open the second set, and they cruised from there. The Avalanche came out with more energy in the third, leading 8-6 early, but Bauder reeled off a five-point service run to help UFV open an 18-11 advantage. Some Cascades hitting errors allowed COTR to cut the deficit to 23-22, but UFV scored the next two points to close out the match.
While Gilray wasn’t pleased with his team’s offensive execution, he termed their performance at the service line “our best of the year.” UFV ended up with 11 aces – five from Bauder and three from Amanda Matsui. Left side Chelsea Kidd led the offence with six kills, and Bauder (14 digs) ran the back row alongside libero Cassidy King (seven digs).
The Cascades volleyball teams are off to Nanaimo next weekend to face the Vancouver Island University Mariners.
– by Raelyn O’Hara, Cascades student communications assistant