November 28, 2012, Victoria, BC – The Camosun College Chargers have ended the first half of the PACWEST season on a high note, with the men making a steady climb to No. 6 in the CCAA National rankings and the women advancing to fourth in the BC conference standings. Over the past two weeks, Chargers student-athletes Jeremy Finn, Andy Inglis and Carly Hilliard have been key in helping their teams to success; each earning their first PACWEST Athlete of the Week awards.
Last week, 6’2″ third-year leftside Jeremy Finn (Westbank, BC) was named PACWEST AOW for his breakout weekend in back to back 3-0 Charger wins against the Columbia Bible College Bearcats. With Camosun sitting in 4th spot in the men’s division, the Chargers were looking to gain some ground on the pack and Jeremy was instrumental in that effort.
On November 16th Jeremy was an offensive force, leading Camosun with 13 kills and an ace serve. He supported those numbers by anchoring the passing with a 2.6 average and making a number of outstanding defensive saves at key points in the match. The following day, he continued his solid passing with a 2.25 average and once again was a dominant offensive force with 2 service aces, 2 block points and 7 kills. Overall, Jeremy’s 24 points was the high total for the Chargers and was a key factor in the successive wins. However, the statistics don’t cover the many serves he made that put CBC in trouble or the block touches that resulted in converted transition opportunities – the key intangibles that powered the Chargers to victory.
This week, the PACWEST selected Andy Inglis (Red Deer, AB) as the conference AOW for his outstanding performance against the College of the Rockies on November 24-25 which resulted in another pair of wins for the Chargers.
On Saturday, Andy notched 9 kills and served lights out. While scoring 2 aces, his accurate, hard serving forced the opposition into trouble repeatedly and was a key factor in the success of the Chargers transition game. The Chargers would take the match 3-0 with set scores of 25-11, 25-13, 25-10. On Sunday, Inglis had perhaps his most complete game as a Charger. The 6’5″ leftside player connected with his setter for 23 kills, scored 3 aces form the service line and had 7 digs on hard swings from the opponent wing spikers. The Chargers would win the match but dropped a set as they took it 3-1 and sets scores of 25-21, 20-25, 25-22, 25-16.
A fierce competitor, Inglis’ 37 weekend points, including 5 clean ace serves, was the high total for the team. More importantly, his consistent serves kept the passers guessing and his presence as a back row threat kept the blocker honest from start to finish.
This week’s PACWEST AOW on the women’s side went to second-year leftside Carly Hilliard (Delta, BC) who led the Chargers to a sweep over the College of the Rockies Avalanche this past weekend. In a rare Saturday/Sunday tilt, Carly provided 16 points (14 kills, 1 block, 1 ace) and 8 digs on day one and followed with 10 points (6 kills, 1 block, 3 aces) and 11 digs on day two. In addition to her steady offensive contributions, the 6’0″ Team BC Alum and 2011-12 PACWEST All-Rookie contributed 8 and 11 digs from the backcourt respectively.
Following a short break in PACWEST action, the Chargers volleyball teams return in the New Year with their first matches of 2013 scheduled for January 4-5 at Douglas College (New Westminster).