Cascades keep Chargers at bay, win in four sets

Big games from their left-side duo of Amanda Matsui and Kim Bauder sparked the University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball team to a four-set victory over the Camosun Chargers in Victoria on Friday evening.

Rookie standout Matsui (16 kills, 15 digs) and fourth-year captain Bauder (13 kills, 22 digs) both stuffed the stat sheet as the CCAA No. 7-ranked Cascades (9-6) denied the Chargers (0-13) their first win of the PACWEST regular season.

Chelsea Kidd came off the bench in the fourth set to make an impact for the Cascades on Friday. (UFV Athletics file photo)

The Cascades trailed for much of the first set before rallying for a 25-22 win, and they followed with a clinical second-set triumph by a 25-17 score. The Chargers extended the match with a 25-18 win in the third, and the Cascades had to be clutch in the late stages of the fourth to seal a 26-24 victory.

Camosun gets another crack at UFV at home on Saturday afternoon (1 p.m., pacwestbc.tv).

“This Camosun team is feisty, and they were hungry for a win,” UFV head coach Mike Gilray said afterward. “In the first set, we weren’t recycling and allowing them to make errors. We did a better job of that in the second game – we played the ball into weaker areas to put them in tougher spots.”

In the pivotal fourth set, the Cascades trailed 24-23 but were able to fend off the Chargers’ set point when right side Chelsea Kidd came up with a huge stuff block to knot the score. She served the final two points, with Bauder notching consecutive kills to end the match.

First-year setter Olivia Heinen set the table for Matsui and Bauder’s big offensive nights, racking up 49 set assists. Matsui and Bauder were among four players with double-digit digs, libero Cassidy King (13) and Heinen (12) being the others.

Kidd, who came in off the bench in the fourth set, was selected as player of the game by her teammates for her clutch plays in the late stages.

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