UFV’s Zygmunt named PacWest female athlete of week

Michelle Zygmunt

Michelle Zygmunt of the University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball team has been named the PacWest female athlete of the week.

Michelle Zygmunt

The outside hitter out of Abbotsford’s W.J. Mouat Secondary had a fantastic debut for the Cascades, helping the team to two weekend wins over crosstown rival Columbia Bible College. Over the course of seven sets vs. the Bearcats, Zygmunt racked up 19 kills with a 42 per cent hitting percentage. She also led the team in serving with seven aces on 34 attempts.

Zygmunt currently sits third in the PacWest in kills per set (2.71) and fourth in aces per set (1.14).

“Her serve had a pretty big impact on opening weekend,” UFV head coach Dennis Bokenfohr said. “She served the most points for our team, and that proves her serve is one of the toughest side outs. And her attack is really efficient – when she had the chance to put the ball away, she was effective.”


The Cascades volleyball teams are in action at the Envision Athletic Centre this weekend, hosting the College of the Rockies Avalanche on Friday and Saturday. The women (2-0) play at 6 p.m. each night, followed by the men (1-1) at 8 p.m.

“Last weekend, more than anything else, it showed us the things we need to work on,” Bokenfohr said. “Mostly, just staying competitive through the entire point, and that’s been a point of emphasis this week in practice.”

The Cranbrook-based Avalanche, coming off a bye last week, will be playing their first games of the PacWest regular season. In order to make the most of their lengthy journey, they will be playing four games against Abbotsford’s PacWest teams this week. They sandwich their Friday-Saturday set vs. UFV with Thursday and Sunday games at Columbia Bible College. That gives the Cascades a chance to scout COTR on Thursday, Bokenfohr noted.

UFV men’s head coach Kyle Donen said he doesn’t know much about the Avalanche at this point, aside from the fact they’ve got a dynamic attacker in third-year right side Curtis Stockton.

“He’ll definitely be a guy we’ll look out for,” Donen said. “We won’t be able to control everything that he does, but we want to find ways to slow him down when we can, and control the other guys on their team as well.”