It’s safe to say the men’s Avalanche have a little swagger in their step.
The team set out to collect a pair of wins against the UFV Cascades this weekend on their home court, and that’s exactly what they did.
Both match victories came at set scores of 3-0, as the men’s Avs went on the attack in their quest to secure a berth in provincials and hold UFV at bay.
Combine that with a win against the top-seeded Columbia Bible College (CBC) Bearcats last weekend, and the men’s team is feeling pretty good about themselves.
“Being able to beat CBC, who won nationals two years ago, and then coming out with a three-game win streak right now, it’s fantastic for our confidence and I can’t wait to get back into the gym and practice on Monday,” said Avs right side Curtis Stockton.
The men got it done 25-19, 25-21 and 25-23 on Friday to earn the first win, and made quick work of the Cascades on Saturday at 25-23, 25-18 and 25-15.
Stockton attributes their success to his team’s offence up front, where anyone is capable of putting the ball away.
“I think Nick, as our starting setter, has distributed the ball more fairly, so rather than running a lot of ball behind, he’s also giving a lot of opportunities to the left side and the middle, and that frees me up a little more on the right side,” said Stockton.
“It’s a great brotherly feeling we have out there at the moment. Everyone’s just working for each other and it’s such a great environment to play in, when everyone is doing their part, not just one or two players putting a lot of balls away. Everyone is getting five or six kills and it makes us more deadly, because anyone can shine on any given night.”
The Avalanche ladies had a tougher go this weekend, running up against a team that is ranked fifth overall in the CCAA.
The Cascades came out on top of both matches at set scores of 3-0. The ladies fell 25-8, 25-17 and 25-14 on Friday, and were defeated 25-13, 25-23 and 25-16 on Saturday.