UFV Cascades on their way to CCAA National Women’s Volleyball Tournament in Lloydminster, Alberta

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Abbotsford, BC….The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades women’s volleyball team are three days away from their first test at the 2013 CCAA national championship tournament, to be held at Lakeland College, in Lloydminster, Alberta.  The Cascades will face the ACAA Champions (Maritimes) Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics.  The Mystics finished the ACAA regular season a perfect 18-0, winning 54 sets while dropping only 3. UFV comes into the CCAA national quarterfinal as the PACWEST Champions finishing the regular and post season with a sparking 24-2 record.  All school records.  UFV is the defending regular and post season championships for the first time since joining the BCCAA (now PACWEST) in September of 2004. 

 The Cascades-Mystics game is set for Thursday, March 7th at 3pm MST.  UFV is in the same tournament bracket as NAIT Oaks (ACAC-Edmonton, Alberta) ACAC Champions and Elans de Garneau (RSEQ- Quebec City, Quebec) Silver medalists.  One of the four schools will play on Saturday, March 9th for the CCAA national championship at  8pm MST. 

UFV Cascades Women’s Volleyball Team

Conference:  PACWEST – CCAA
2012-13 Record:  22-2 Regular Season (School Record)
                                    2-0 Post Season
Standings:              1st Regular Season Champions/PACWEST Champions
CCAA Ranking:     1st Top Ten
Head Coach:          Dennis Bokenfohr (5th Year as HC)
Players to Watch:  Kayla Bruce, Brittany Stewart, Krista Hogewoning, Jenna Evans

 UFV Cascades 2012-13 PACWEST regular season information

-Team Captain-Brittany Stewart
-Graduating Seniors: (3) Brittany Stewart, Kayla Bruce, Kate Bilodeau
-PACWEST Athletes of the Week (2) Kayla Bruce & Krista Hogewoning
-UFV Athletes of the Week (7) Kayla Bruce (3), Krista Hogewoning (2), Brittany Stewart, Kate Bilodeau
-Conference Record: 22-2
-Wins (4) against Camosun, Capilano, Douglas, COTR, CBC, (2) against VIU
  -(Playoffs) 1 CBC,  Capilano
-Cascades in Top 15 PACWEST Statistics Categories:
-Blocks – Kayla Bruce Ranked 1st with 79 for 0.99 average
 -Digs – Brittany Stewart Ranked 2nd with 300 for a 4.35 average
 -Kills – Kayla Bruce Ranked 3rd with 261 for a 3.26 average
-Aces – Krista Hogewoning Ranked 4th with 25 for a 0.48 average
  -Total Offense Kayla Bruce – Ranked 1st with 365 points for a 4.56 average

 UFV Cascades Women’s Volleyball team information…..

-Established in 2004- has played its entire existence in BCCAA/PACWEST conference

-3rd straight year qualifying for PACWEST post season tournament, won PACWEST Silver Medal last year, first UFV conference medal (2011-12)

-2011-12 Earn berth in CCAA national championship tournament, finished 3rd, winning CCAA Bronze Medal, UFV’s first national volleyball medal
-2-12-13 Earn berth in CCAA national championship tournament, winning PACWEST Conference Gold medal, program’s first conference title  
-Kayla Bruce, Surrey, BC in 2012-13:

 -PACWEST First Team All-Star last year
-PACWEST Volleyball Player of the Year
-Brittany Stewart

  -3rd straight year as Team Captain

  -Named PACWEST Second Team All-Star three straight years
  -CCAA Academic All-Canadian three straight years
-Women’s Volleyball team won UFV President’s Award for having highest Team GPA average in 2011-12

-Women’s Volleyball team set a school record with 20 regular season wins in 2011-12, on mark to shatter that record with 22 in 2012-13

UFV Cascades road to a CCAA National Championship
Thursday, March 7
1pm MST  Nait Oaks v Elans de Garneau
3pm MST  UFV Cascades v MSVU Mystics
6pm MST  Lynx d’Edouard-Montpetit v CBC Bearcats
8pm MST  Humber Hawks v Lakeland Rustlers

Friday, March 8
Semi-Final 6pm MST

8pm Semi-Final 8pm MST

Saturday, March 9
Bronze Medal 6pm MST

Gold Medal 6pm MST (National Championship Match)

For further information on the CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship visit  www.ccaa.ca/womensvolleyball2013 and for online broadcasts visit www.sportscanada.tv

Photo:  Courtesy of COTR Avalanche/PACWEST

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