Mariners hand Cascades their first loss of the season


The University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball team tasted defeat for the first time this season, falling in four sets to the Vancouver Island University Mariners in Nanaimo on Saturday afternoon.

The Cascades, coming off a three-set triumph on Friday that head coach Dennis Bokenfohr termed their “most complete team win” of the campaign, saw the tables turned on them by the defending PacWest conference champions.

With the victory (25-14, 24-26, 25-17, 25-15), the Mariners improved to 2-4, while the Cascades fell to 5-1.

“The effort and desire was there, but the execution was not,” UFV head coach Dennis Bokenfohr analyzed.

“In volleyball, if you can’t pass and don’t serve very efficiently, it’s pretty hard to score points. It was just one of those games where it seemed like anything that could go wrong did go wrong. At times, it was almost laughable. The intentions were always correct – sometimes things are just out of your control.

“Give credit to VIU – they played a lot better tonight.”

Kierra Noot and Rachel Funk each notched nine kills for the Cascades, while Funk added 12 digs and Monique Huber and Chantal Bruce registered two aces apiece.

UFV wraps up the first-semester schedule with six straight home games, beginning Nov. 7-8 vs. the Capilano Blues at the Envision Athletic Centre (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m. both nights).

“It’s not that we’re accepting the loss, but it points out the things we have to work on,” Bokenfohr said. “We’re just going to go back to work and try to improve for next weekend.”