The practicality of spandex

Women’s volleyball is a sport that generally draws a lot of attention – especially male attention – for its intense action, riveting pace, and skin-tight uniforms. Two of those three are common to most court sports, yet the third presents a bit of a puzzle. What is it exactly that justifies that most memorable component of women’s volleyball, spandex? Why has it permeated almost every level of play, and what does it do for our athletes that normal shorts cannot? Every spectator has, at one point, turned to his or her neighbour and asked a variation of one of these questions, and few, if any, have received a valid response.

UFV volleyball dominant as both teams clinch berths in post-season

The Cascades went into their Thursday night’s tilt versus cross-town rivals Columbia Bible College with a chance to set a team record for most wins in a season. A win would also help UFV clinch the top spot in the PACWEST ahead of VIU. This was senior night at the Envision Athletic Centre, meaning it would be the last home games for the team’s fifth-year players: Kayla Bruce, Brittany Stewart and Katie Bilodeau.

And they’re off! Women’s volleyball kicks off the season

This past weekend the women’s volleyball team began their quest to become back-to-back CCAA national champions, opening up their regular season with a home and home against the Columbia Bible College (CBC) Bearcats.

UFV athletes awarded CCAA All-Canadian honours

Every student understands the pressure that comes with full-time studies.

Women’s volleyball look to continue near-perfection

2013 was a year for the record books for the women’s volleyball team.

Women’s volleyball en route to playoffs in defense of title

Surprisingly, they won’t do it as a top seed. Sliding from their once-perfect record down the stretch, their final regular season matches against the Columbia Bible College Bearcats were indicative of some weaknesses the team will need to shore up for the postseason.

Prioritizing our athlete’s academic success: How many of UFV’s varsity competitors...

All of us—okay most of us—have lives outside our formal academic studies, but there are student athletes at UFV trying to fulfill academic requirements while carving out time for the practices, weight training sessions and personal workouts—not to mention the many road trips and games—required to be on a varsity athletic team. It is interesting then that no one in Canada—except maybe UFV’s own Sasa Plavsic (see below)—seems to be asking any questions about what percentage of Canadian student athletes will ever graduate in the programs that they are purportedly pursuing.

Volleyball teams honour seniors in regular season rivalry games

Honouring the men and women's volleyball players.

The Baller Awards

Welcome to The Cascade’s first annual Baller Awards! UFV’s athletic awards are yet to be given out, yet we here at The Cascade jumped the gun and decided on what awards we’d be giving (and whom we’d give them to). Some are a little less than conventional, but they’re all stuffed with prestige and glory and fabulous prizes (that possibly don’t exist)!

A new season, a new leader for men’s volleyball

The men’s volleyball team has just welcomed a new addition: head coach Kyle Donen. Having already been the men’s assistant coach, he’s eager to dive into the season and make this year one volleyball fans won’t forget.