A season-high four University of the Fraser Valley teams are nationally ranked this week, highlighted by the Cascades women’s wrestling program making its debut in the U SPORTS top 10.
The UFV women’s wrestlers checked in at No. 7 this week, the first time they have been nationally ranked since joining U SPORTS in 2014. The Cascades have three women nationally ranked in their weight classes: Karla Godinez Gonzalez is No. 1 at 55 kg, her sister Ana is No. 2 at 63 kg, and Glaysia Sparling is No. 6 at 82 kg.
The Cascades men’s wrestling team, meanwhile, maintained its position at No. 3 in the U SPORTS rankings for a fifth straight week. Reigning national champ Brad Hildenbrandt leads a group of eight UFV male wrestlers who are individually ranked – he’s No. 1 at 120 kg. The others are Parker McBride (No. 2 at 54 kg), De’Andre Williams (No. 3 at 76 kg), Jacob Torres (No. 5 at 61 kg), Amtoj Dhaliwal (No. 5 at 82 kg), Haseeb Javed (No. 5 at 68 kg), Karan Dhillon (No. 6 at 72 kg) and Omar Rahguzar (No. 7 at 65 kg).
For the seventh consecutive CCAA national poll, the Cascades women’s volleyball team finds itself ranked No. 7. Head coach Mike Gilray’s squad is coming off a weekend sweep of the Camosun Chargers on the road.
The UFV men’s volleyball team settled for a weekend split at Camosun, and subsequently slipped one spot in the CCAA rankings from No. 14 to No. 15. The Cascades volleyball teams are on a bye this weekend, and return to action with road games at Capilano Jan. 25 and 27.