Bonita Joe – (ISN)

Following the loss of last weekend’s double-header Island rivalry matches to the VIU Mariners, the Camosun College Chargers volleyball teams are preparing to bounce back to their winning ways as they face off against another PACWEST rival, the Capilano University Blues, this weekend at St. Michaels University School.

On Friday, the Chargers men fell to the Mariners in a thrilling two hour contest that had both teams on the edge of victory. The five-set match went 25-15, 18-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-13.

“Losing 15-13 in a fifth set is always disappointing but a single bounce here or one break there could have changed the outcome,” said Chargers Head Coach Charles Parkinson.

While either team could have won Friday’s match, the game on Saturday was a different story. In spite of some good combinations, the squad showed a lot of ragged play going down in three straight sets (25-22, 25-15, 25-23).

“We played like an October team while our opponents showed mid or even late season form,” commented Coach Parkinson. “We lacked discipline and our blocks were not very well formed. VIU’s defense was very good and their serving was hard and strategic which took us out of our game. While we battled hard, they earned their victory.”

While superior in size over this weekend’s opponents, the Chargers men are preparing for another slugfest as they face off against a vastly upgraded Capilano Blues squad. In their first match of the season, the Blues went the distance with the defending National Champions, the Columbia Bible College Bearcats, losing in the fifth set.

“They are a smaller team overall and rely on fast sets to the outside to beat the block and a lot of action from the right side, both front and back row,” stated Coach Parkinson. “We will have to have a solid block that forms very quickly to contain CAP’s attackers, as well as a determined transition game where our attackers counter-attack effectively and with power. Taking the energy out of a smaller team early with tough serving and a few great plays will be one of the keys to our success. If we can create an environment where our superior size is coupled with a psychological advantage, we will be fine but make no mistake – we anticipate that this is going to be a battle.”

The Chargers women also conceded to the Mariners on the weekend going to four sets (26-24, 25-20, 16-25, 25-18) against last year’s CCAA Silver Medalists on Friday and then falling in three (25-15, 25-23, 25-20) on Saturday.

Despite the loss, second-year, leftside Elizabeth Davis (Glenylyon Norfolk) capped off a very consistent and productive week of training and led the Chargers over the weekend with a total of 21 kills, 5 aces, 20 digs and 4 blocks.

“We put a lot of responsibility on our athletes in training,” said Coach Dahl. “This is the time of year to find out about every small detail as it relates to our performance on the court. Elizabeth has consistently produced points for us offensively so it was great to see her add numbers to the blocking and service ace columns. This is part of being a six rotation player, something our league thrives on.”

The second-year Camosun coach added, “We like our progress and the home crowds at PISE this past weekend were fantastic! I hope the crowds continue to grow as our game grows. We have a heavy home schedule in the first semester and come January we are on the road a lot so it’s great to see a lot of bodies in the crowd in support of the Chargers.”

Catch the Chargers this weekend as they take their game off campus to St. Michaels University School (3400 Richmond Road).

Friday, October 28 Women 6pm; Men 7:45pm

Saturday, October 29 Women 1pm; Men 2:45pm