The College of the Rockies Avalanche Men’s and Women’s Volleyball teams get set to host the Capilano University Blues this coming weekend, as they look to improve from last week’s road trip to Abbotsford.
Taking on the Columbia Bible College Bearcats and the University of Fraser Valley Cascades in back-to-back doubleheaders, the Men’s Avalanche were looking for their first wins of the season after starting 0-2 against the Douglas College Royals (1-3, 1-3).
Quinn Grist and Gustavo Bertoli each had 10 kills in the Avs first match against the Bearcats, helping lift the team to a 3-1 victory before losing the second match 3-1 on Friday. Bertoli and Caleb Peters would combine for 22 kills in the team’s first match against the Cascades, although the Avs would get swept 3-0. Looking to save their weekend, the Avalanche would win a thrilling five-set match on Sunday as Peters (17 kills) and Bertoli (12 kills) led the offensive attack.
The Men’s Avalanche are now 2-4 entering the weekend as they host a Capilano team that is 1-3 to start their PACWEST season. Although, Capilano’s three losses came at the hands of the Douglas College Royals (4-1) and VIU Mariners (4-2), who are currently tied with Camosun (4-1) for the early Conference lead in the Men’s Division.
The Blues and Avalanche take to the court at College of the Rockies at 8:00 pm on Friday and again at 3:00 pm on Saturday.
Following the same schedule as the Men’s Avalanche, the Women were hoping to improve upon their 2-0 start to their season against Columbia Bible College and the University of Fraser Valley.
On opening weekend, the Avalanche defeated the Douglas College Royals 3-2 and 3-1, as the team picked right up from where they left off on Thursday against the Bearcats, winning 3-1. Taylor Whittall led the team with 14 kills while Abigail Gruenhage had 6 kills in the win. CBC would bounce back on Friday however, as they edged the Avalanche 3-1, which started with a 28-26 victory in the opening set.
Shifting gears to the University of Fraser Valley on Saturday and Sunday, the Cascades proved too much to handle for the Avalanche, winning both matches 3-1, 3-1. Taylor Whittall continued to lead the Women with 20 combined kills while Megan Clark collected 20 digs through the two matches.
Despite winning just one of their four matches last week, the Women’s Avalanche are still 3-3 in the PACWEST, tied for third in the Conference with Camosun (3-2).
The Avalanche and Blues open action at 6:00 pm on Friday before Saturday’s afternoon matinee at 1:00 pm at College of the Rockies.