Blues rally for four-set win over Cascades

Nick Bruce paced the Cascades in kills and digs on Saturday. (UFV Athletics file photo)

A strong start gave way to a disappointing finish for the University of the Fraser Valley men’s volleyball team, as they dropped a four-set decision to the PACWEST-leading Capilano Blues on Saturday in North Vancouver.

The Cascades took the first set 25-23, with Nick Bruce converting UFV’s third match point on a thunderous kill from the left side. But it was all Blues after that – they took the next three by scores of 25-17, 25-13 and 25-19.

Capilano, No. 6 in the CCAA national rankings, boosted its conference-best record to 17-3, while the No. 14-ranked Cascades fell to 9-9, tied for third in the PACWEST with the Douglas Royals.

“I just felt like we stopped executing our jobs,” UFV head coach Kyle Donen said. “The things we were doing well I the first set, we didn’t sustain for the match. We played well in that first set, and looked good in the first part of the second. But for lack of a better phrase, the wheels kind of fell off.

“We went away from our game plan in the latter part of the second set, and the third and fourth.”

Bruce led the Cascades with 11 kills and 12 digs, and Ben Friesen and Dayton Pagliericci chipped in offensively with eight and five kills, respectively. Pagliericci, Adam Frederickson and Josh Fefchak registered two blocks apiece.

The Cascades volleyball teams are back in action at home next weekend, hosting the VIU Mariners in a Friday-Saturday set at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre.

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