Best weekend ever for UFV Athletics

UFV Cascades women’s volleyball team win first PACWEST championship

The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades women’s volleyball team captured the 2013 PACWEST championship in Cranbrook, BC defeating crosstown rivals the CBC Bearcats, 3-0. The Cascades will advance to the 2013 CCAA national championship tournament to be held the weekend of March 7-9, in Lloydminster, Alberta. This marks the program’s first conference title since entering the league in 2004.

DSC_0683The set scores were 25-19, 25-15 and 25-17. The Cascades close out PACWEST regular and post season with a sparkling 24-2 record. Kayla Bruce, Surrey, BC, Krista Hogewoning, Delta, BC and Kira Tome, Surrey, BC were named PACWEST tournament all-stars and Bruce the tournament Most Valuable Player.

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UFV Cascades women’s basketball team defeat U Saskatchewan Huskies 73-58 to clinch quarterfinal Canada West playoff series in game three

The UFV Cascades women’s basketball team defeated the University of Saskatchewan Huskies by a score of 73-58 in a thrilling third game in Canada West quarterfinal playoff action at the Envision Athletics Centre. The Cascades won the best-of-three series and advance to the Canada West Final Four at Calgary, Alberta. Kayli Sartori finished off a solid night with to lead the Cascades with 19 points, four rebounds, and five assists. Sarah Wierks chipped in 13 points and five rebounds. Aieisha Luyken ended with 10 points, four rebounds, and six assists. Nicole Wierks played an astounding 35 minutes and while only having nine points on the night, six were in the final two minutes of the game. She also led UFV with 10 rebounds. The Cascades shot 43% in the second half, pulled down 33 total rebounds, and forced 27 Saskatchewan turnovers. “Really proud of our effort tonight, and very respectful of Saskatchewan and their program. They pushed us to the max but we didn’t break. Real team effort with key plays from so many different players. We’re excited to be going back to the Final Four,” commented Head Coach Al Tuchscherer. The victory marks the third straight year UFV has won the Canada West quarterfinal and moved onto the Final Four. The Cascades are looking to advance to their first CIS “Final 8” elite championship tournament, to be held in Regina, Saskatchewan in two weeks.

UFV Cascades Canada West Quarterfinal Schedule (Cascades win best 2 out of 3 series)

Women at Abbotsford, BC (EAC)

Thursday, February 21 Huskies 58 @ Cascades 65

Friday, February 22 Huskies 67 @ Cascades 56

Saturday, February 23 Huskies 58 @ Cascades 73

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UFV Cascades men’s basketball team defeats U Saskatchewan Huskies, 92-76, in game three of the Canada West quarterfinal

UFV Cascades face UBC Thunderbirds, in Point Grey, next Friday night with trip to Ottawa and the “CIS Final 8” on the line

 

The UFV Cascades men’s basketball team defeated the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, 92-76, to earn a berth in the 2013 Canada West elite “Final Four” tournament next weekend in Point Grey (Vancouver), BC.  The Cascades are one of two teams (Victoria Vikes the other) to return to the elite four, joining them are the host UBC and Winnipeg.  UFV’s men’s basketball program has battled through numerous issues this year a new coach, six new players on the roster from the team that earned the Canada West silver medal a year ago, numerous injuries to “key “ players like Kyle Grewal, Surrey, BC and Sam Freeman, Coquitlam, BC who was missing this evening from tonight’s game. Coach Adam Friesen has done an unbelievable job in winning numerous games with “short benches” and juggling the line up to accommodate more than 30 man games lost to those various injuries.

 

This game was no exception. Without the Cascades leading scorer, Freeman, UFV jumped out to a quick lead. The Cascades’ ball movement, hustle and accurate shooting early set the pace for a spectacular evening as UFV never trailed in this nail bitter. The Cascades shot 60 percent front the floor in the first half and Saskatchewan had trouble defending UFV as seven different players scored at least two points in the fast paced half.

 

Grewal’s veteran leadership and determination not to see his final year end early, paced the Cascades as the forward led the team in assists, and rebounds in the half, while Klaus Figueredo, Calgary, AB  and Kevon Parchment, Toronto, Ontario led UFV with 10 points each at the break. UFV went into the locker room up by 14 points.

 

“What can you say about the play of Klaus, Manny (Dulay)and Andy (Khaira) tonight, they stepped up and played like fifth year veterans,” commented a beaming head coach Adam Friesen. “Their contributions in the first half set the tone for the victory.”

 

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March Madness for UFV basketball

 

UFV is a buzz with MARCH MADNESS as both basketball teams are ONE VICTORY from earning berths in their respective 2013 CIS National Championship Elite 8 tournaments. The men’s basketball team, fresh off their quarterfinal best two out of three series win in Saskatoon, will face the defending 2013 Pacific Division regular season champion UBC Thunderbirds, in Point Grey (Vancouver) on Fri, March 1. The Cascades split the two game Canada West regular season series with UBC, in Point Grey, falling 76-71 and winning 89-77. The winner of Friday night’s Canada West semi-final game receives an automatic bid to the 2013 CIS men’s basketball national championship to be hosted by the Carleton Ravens, in Ottawa, Ontario.  UFV sports a 12-13 record going into Friday’s game (10-12 regular season, 2-1 playoffs).

 

The women’s basketball team also fresh off winning the Canada West best-of-three quarterfinal against the Saskatchewan Huskies, at the Envision Athletic Centre, are heading to Calgary, Alberta, to participate for a third straight year in the Canada West Final Four tournament.  The women are also one win from a trip to the 2013 CIS National Championship Elite 8 tournament to be hosted by the Cougars, in Regina, Saskatchewan.  UFV lost to Regina, 59-55 in December in their only regular season meeting. The Cascades and Cougars have a brief post-season history. Regina defeated UFV in the Canada West semi-final game last year, 72-56, in Regina. This will be the first post-season game between the two schools on a neutral court.  UFV goes into the game 20-5 (18-4 regular season, 2-1 playoffs).

 

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Canada West Women’s Basketball Final Four @ University of Calgary

Friday, March 1

6 pm                (4) Alberta  vs (1) Calgary

8 pm  (CST)  (3) Fraser Valley  vs (2) Regina (7pm PST)

 

Saturday, March 2

5 pm                Bronze medal

7 pm                Gold medal

 
Canada West Men’s Basketball Final Four @ UBC
Friday, March 1

7 pm               (4) Fraser Valley  vs (1) UBC

8:45 pm         (3) Winnipeg  vs (2) Victoria
Saturday, March 2

6 pm                Bronze medal

8 pm                Gold medal

← MARCH MADNESS AT UFV!!

 

 

 

 

For further information on UFV Cascades athletics contact David Kent, sports information, 604-309-7658 – email: david.kent@ufv.ca

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