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.
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.
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.
Every student understands the pressure that comes with full-time studies.
2013 was a year for the record books for the women’s volleyball team.
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.
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.
Honouring the men and women's volleyball players.
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)!
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.