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Men’s volleyball getting hot at the right time

The Cascades men’s volleyball team seems to be picking up their stride at the perfect time in the season.

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By Nathan Hutton (The Cascade) – Email

Print Edition: February 5, 2014

Connor Nickel and Anthony Togeretz are trying to turn their team’s season around into playoff contention. (Image: University of the Fraser Valley / Flickr)

The Cascades men’s volleyball team seems to be picking up their stride at the perfect time in the season.

The team, who has been blanketed in a series of changes over the winter break, used their time off to unify. They’re poised to make a late run into the playoffs, and at that point who knows what could happen.

The men, in seventh place going into this weekend’s tilts, faced the Capilano University Blues, fourth place at the time. The Blues are one of the best defensive teams in the league, boasting four players in the conference’s top 10 in digs.

The Cascades, however, have a strong offensive unit led by brothers Josh and Anthony Togeretz, both in their fourth year.

The first game of the weekend was a back-and-forth affair as the Cascades split the first two sets with the Blues. In the third set, the Cascades began to taste victory with a steady climb to the magic 25 points. The Cascades reached their mark, but knew their work was anything but done.

In the fourth set, both teams were persistent in their attack, but it would be too little too late for the Blues. The Cascades were relentless, taking the match with a final roof-rocketing spike.

The second of the two games was a blowout from start to finish. The Cascades made a point of attacking at every available  chance, taking three straight sets, their second win over a talented Blues team.

The weekend puts the Cascades in a position to return to the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season.

The upcoming weekend’s home games against the Camosun College Chargers will be crucial. Camosun sits at second in the conference with 22 points, eight more than the Cascades.

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