Bonita Joe

The CCAA National Rankings have been released, and after a lengthy absence from the polls, the Camosun College Chargers women’s volleyball team has found their way back into the top 15! In the first release of rankings for the 2011-2012 season, the Chargers are ranked 13th in Canada.

The news is significant to a program that has been almost absent from the CCAA standings for over eight years. In February 2003, the Chargers rose to an all-time high fifth-place National ranking under International Coach and veteran member of the St. Lucia National Team, Dionne Didier.

While the news is a nice recognition, current Chargers Head Coach Chris Dahl hopes it will help provide those who are watching with a better picture of how the team is performing overall.

“Being in the National rankings says two things,” said the second-year Camosun Coach. “First, it’s a coach’s poll and we are recognized by our peers. Second, it says a lot about the calibre of play in the PacWest. Coming off of two consecutive weekends of loss, we feel that our current record doesn’t accurately reflect the direction of the program. Our losses have come at the hands of the first and fourth ranked teams in Canada and our play fell short of what we expect from ourselves. Having our name amongst the nation’s best is where we expect this program to be from October through to March and the National Championships.”

The Chargers travel to Abbotsford this weekend to take on the Columbia Bible College Bearcats. Catch the action LIVE on Sports Canada TV

Friday, Nov. 4 Camosun at CBC Women 6pm; Men 7:45pm

Saturday, Nov. 5 Camosun at CBC Women 1pm; Men 2:45pm