Cascades with the big-time bounce-back to beat Blues

Cassidy Pearson (left) had eight kills in Saturday’s three-set win over Capilano. (UFV Athletics file photo)

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball team rebounded from a three-set loss to the Capilano Blues in the best way possible – by earning a straight-sets win of their own in the rematch.

The Cascades, who struggled in a three-set defeat on Thursday, returned to Capilano’s North Vancouver campus on Saturday and blitzed the Blues by scores of 25-22, 25-15 and 25-20.

The result allowed the CCAA No. 7-ranked Cascades (11-7) to reclaim sole possession of third place in the PACWEST conference from the No. 11-ranked Blues (11-9).

“We were really in control of the match from start to finish,” UFV head coach Mike Gilray said. “We lowered our unforced errors total, and we served at a much higher rate. We spend time preparing and knowing areas of the court we want to hit, and today, we did a better job sticking to our game plan.”

The Cascades’ outstanding night at the service line featured 92 per cent accuracy, and eight aces against just six errors. Olivia Heinen and Kim Bauder notched two aces apiece.

UFV’s passing was also much-improved over Thursday night, allowing them to run a more balanced offence. Heinen’s 30 assists set the table for 12 kills by Amanda Matsui, eight by Cassidy Pearson, and seven by Bauder. Bauder added 16 digs, and libero Cassidy King had 12 digs.

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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