Avalanche slow Cascades’ offence, earn four-set win

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball team struggled to manufacture points on Friday evening in Cranbrook, falling in four sets to the College of the Rockies Avalanche.

Chelsea Kidd gave the Cascades solid production off the bench on Friday. (UFV Athletics file photo)

The hosts took the first two sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-13, but the Cascades bounced back to take the third 25-21 to extend the match. UFV appeared poised to force a fifth set, leading 23-20 in the fourth, but the Avalanche reeled off the next five points to seal the victory.

The Cascades (12-9, third in PACWEST) get another crack at the Avalanche (7-16, sixth in PACWEST) on Saturday afternoon to wrap up the weekend set (1 p.m. MT, pacwestbc.tv).

UFV head coach Mike Gilray felt his team did a great job in the serving and passing departments, but simply weren’t able to put enough balls away.

“We’re looking to be more consistent, and we’re trying to find the lineup that gives us that consistency,” said Gilray, whose team came in ranked No. 7 in the nation. “If we can eliminate runs, we give ourselves a better chance to be successful. Offensively, we can score well against all teams, but when we try to do too much we make it hard on ourselves.

“Today, I think our offence let us down. There were some good sets and some good locations, and our hitters just weren’t able to put the ball away. Props to COTR – they dug some big hits from us.”

Olivia Heinen and Kim Bauder both had dynamic nights at the service line for the Cascades, and libero Cassidy King and back-row defensive specialist Amy Davidson set the pace in a solid passing performance for the squad. Chelsea Kidd gave UFV a spark off the bench, coming in at right side in the third and fourth sets.

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