September 20, 2012, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Fifteen teams will gather this weekend at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence and Pacific Christian School to take part in the 2012 Camosun College Chargers Senior Boys’ Volleyball High School Fall Classic. The action starts Friday, Sept. 21 at 4pm and will end with teams battling to advance in Saturday’s single knock-out playoff schedule.
“We have 15 teams registered for the tournament with defending Provincial AAA Champions Oak Bay leading the way on the strength of Provincial MVP Lars Borneman and super Libero Elion Wong,” commented Chargers Head Coach Charles Parkinson. “Many of the Island teams have improved over the last year including; Pacific Christian School – led by Provincial team athlete Cam Fennema, Ballenas, Reynolds, Belmont, Dover Bay and Vanier. This not only adds fuel to the north/south rivalry, but will also make the competition for Provincial Championship berths extremely challenging.”
Last year, the Championship finale was perhaps the best and closest battle in the history of the event; Lambrick Park and PCS went the distance with Lambrick clawing their way back from match point to secure the win. The Consolation Final was also a closely contested affair with Duncan Christian battling to overtake the squad from Mount Doug.
This year, the Chargers will use the Provincial High School Championship format as they did in 2011.
“The 2012 Chargers Fall Classic tournament format mimics the draw of the Provincials inasmuch as each of the preliminary pools features teams that are highly ranked playing against each other right off the bat,” said Coach Parkinson. “For example, Pool A is rank 1-3, Pool B is rank 4-6, through to rank 13-15. Teams are then re-pooled based on their finish to compete for preferential spots in the single knock out playoff. This format is not only very competitive, it also forces teams to learn to play at a consistently high level because one slip up could affect their chance of success, just like in the Championships.”