The University of the Fraser Valley men’s volleyball team saw its three-game win streak come to an end at the hands of the Camosun Chargers, falling in three sets on Saturday in Victoria.
The CCAA No. 14-ranked Cascades had won seven of their previous eight games, including a five-set triumph over Camosun on Friday. But despite battling the host Chargers down to the wire in two of the three sets in Saturday’s rematch, they were unable to finish any of them off (27-25, 25-19, 25-23).
Camosun boosted its record to 6-8, good for fourth in the PACWEST, while the Cascades fell to 9-7 but still maintain a comfortable grip on third place.
“It was a tight match, tighter than a 3-0 score would indicate,” UFV head coach Kyle Donen said. “Two of the sets could have gone either way, and if either of those had gone our way, particularly the first one, it would have been a much different match. I’m happy with the compete level we put on the floor and the energy we expended . . . I thought we battled pretty well.
“I think one of the struggles we had was, we didn’t pass the ball as well tonight, and that made it more difficult to run the offence the way we needed to.”
Cascades left sides Nick Bruce (12 kills, two blocks) and Ben Friesen (eight kills) paced the offence. Middles Dayton Pagliericci and Josh Fefchak notched five kills apiece, and Pagliericci added three blocks. Libero Evan Bell-Foley registered a team-best 10 digs.
Donen also felt his team got great energy off the bench from the likes of Brendan Loewen, Justin Peleshytyk, Graeme Hughes and Carter Bronson.
The Cascades volleyball teams are on a bye next week, and return to action with road games against the Capilano Blues, Jan. 25 and 27.