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Avalanche men’s team lose close game to Royals

The men’s volleyball team will look to improve on the momentum against CBC and UFV this weekend.
The College of the Rockies Avalanche men’s volleyball team played hard against a tough Douglas College team, but couldn’t get the win. They look to keeping that momentum on their four-game road trip.

With a volleyball filled weekend, the College of the Rockies men’s volleyball team was unable to get a win against the Douglas College Royals.

The Avalanche lost 3-1 and 3-2 on Jan. 11 and 12 respectively, but head coach Cisco Farrero was pleased with the fight the team showed to keep up with a high powered Douglas team.

“We were really good today and pretty good last night — Douglas was awesome today and it was an awesome game. Somebody has to lose and it was unfortunate it was us. Definitely one of our best performances against one of the top teams. I don’t think they want to see us again,” said Farrero.

If the team gets to a semi-final, Farrero noted there is a likely chance they will face Douglas.

“They don’t want to see us, and I’m really proud of our guys today,” he said.

Outside hitter Gustavo Bertoli was given a red card in the fourth set, and Matt Cespedes came into the game.

“We have been preaching stick together, and it’s been maybe a struggle throughout the season. I really liked how we fought for each other and stood up for each other when there was a potential skirmish. At the same time I would like if we could support each other without having to get angry, but I love my team and they play for each other and I’m proud of that even though we lost today,” said Farrero.

Throughout the weekend, Farrero said outside hitter Caleb Peters was a player that really stood out.

“He was a monster both games, Kyle Butcher was pretty steady last night and good again today. I think we were pretty good overall,” he said.

Peters finished the weekend with 41 points, 31 kills and 53 total attempts.

“We fought hard and had a lot of fun going through. We had some ups and downs emotionally. We managed to stick it out to the end and never really gave up, which was a highlight,” said Peters.

The team is currently sitting fifth in the PACWEST standings with a 4-10 record for eight points and will take on the two teams below them in the standings this weekend.

“We have to be healthy, and we will definitely have to manage jumps this week. Everybody has to be ready, we need to get one to two wins on the road to solidify a playoff spot. I think we are stronger right now than our two opponents upcoming, but we have to prove it. We have to play like we did tonight and play like that the whole way,” said Farrero.

The Avalanche are heading onto the road for their next game against the Columbia Bible College Bearcats (1-13) on Jan. 17 and 18, and then head to face off against the University of Fraser Valley Cascades (1-13) on Jan. 19 and 20.

“We have to play hard and know that we are going into an opposing team’s gym. They are going to have a loud crowd and we just have to stick it out — we have to fight for it and stay together as a team,” said Peters.

The last regular season home game with the Avalanche will be Jan. 25-26 at College of the Rockies against the Capilano University Blues.

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