With only two more weeks of league play remaining on their 2011 Fall schedule, the student-athletes of Camosun College Chargers Men’s and Women’s Volleyball programs have made a strong presence on the PacWest League Leaders list with eight men and six women listed in the Top 15.
Among these athletes are Camosun’s second-year leftside Elizabeth Davis who has held the top spot for kills for three consecutive weeks and first-year middle Alex Sadowski from the men’s team who has been number one in blocks three weeks in row.
A host of other Chargers, including men’s captain Garrett Marcellus whose all-around talent has placed him in the Top 15 of every category on the list (digs, blocks, aces, kills and total offensive stats), can be found on the PACWEST Leader Board.
This past weekend, the Chargers women’s volleyball team took two wins against the College of the Rockies Avalanche, helping the squad maintain fourth place in the PacWest conference standings and a continued spot in the CCAA National rankings for the third consecutive week (currently #14).
The pair of 3-1 wins were led by Chargers second-year leftside Mariah Holmstrom (Campbell River) who had 14 kills on Friday night in only two sets played and by newcomers Olivia Redden (Delta) and Morgan Marshall (Smithers) who produced eight points each on Saturday.
On the men’s side, the parity of the PacWest volleyball league was evident again as the Chargers dropped two matches to COTR (the first in five and the second in four), a team they beat twice in Victoria just two weeks ago.
“The first match was a long battle and could have gone either way, with the 15-13 5th set outcome determined in part by a great performance from COTR, a loud and boisterous home crown and the effects of a two-day bus journey to get to Cranbrook,” said Head Coach Charles Parkinson. “Saturday’s match up was challenging as we struggled to find consistency and the squad paid the price for too many unforced errors.”
Garrett Marcellus and Alex Sadowski were stand-out performers for the Chargers with Marcellus notching 20 kills and 18 digs, and Sadowski contributing 11 kills, a team high 8 blocks and two aces.
Looking to get back into winning territory, the Chargers face a surging Douglas College at home this weekend. Coming off two victories against Columbia Bible College, the Royals are playing with great confidence, led by veteran middle attacker Andy Robson and right side attacker Jeff Taylor (currently number two in kills in the conference).
“The key to success for us will be a focus on first contacts – serving and passing,” commented Coach Parkinson. “With two of our Chargers in the Top 15 in offensive stats, there is no question about fire-power, however, success can be greatly enhanced if the ball is delivered to the setter effectively. This will make it extremely difficult for the Royals blockers, two of whom are also in the Top 15 in total blocks.”
Historically, the Chargers – Royals match up has provided some of the most competitive and entertaining volleyball of the season and this weekend should continue that tradition. Catch the action this weekend at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence.
Friday, November 18 Women 6pm; Men 7:45pm
Saturday, November 19 Women 1pm; Men 2:45pm