Women’s volleyballers drop three-set decision to Avalanche

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The University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball team suffered a setback on the road on Friday, falling in straight sets to the College of the Rockies Avalanche in Cranbrook.


The hosts prevailed by set scores of 25-20, 25-18 and 27-25, which moved them into a tie with the Cascades for fourth in the PacWest conference with matching 10-9 records. The winner of Saturday’s rematch (12 p.m. Pacific time, webcast at sportscanada.tv/pacwest) will take sole possession.

“We had opportunities to win every set, but we just didn’t execute in those moments,” UFV head coach Dennis Bokenfohr analyzed. “In critical times when you have to execute, we didn’t.”

The Cascades came in ranked No. 9 in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) national poll, but struggled on the first night of their most demanding road trip of the season. Bokenfohr said the travel wasn’t a valid explanation for the result, though.

“Every team has to come up here and play, so we can’t use that as an excuse,” he said.

“We talked (post-game) about taking pride in all the small details and how they add up to team success. If you don’t focus on every single small detail, you can get exposed, but moreso at critical times. You have to play with confidence, and we were lacking that today.”