by Graham Matthews
February 19, 2014 (ISN) – PACWEST Week 19 – February 16, 2014 Men’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week, Vitor Macedo (Camosun College), and Women’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week, April Vaandrager (Columbia Bible College).
Men’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week
Vitor Macedo (Camosun College)
The Camosun Chargers swept past the VIU Mariners this weekend with straight set 3-0 victories on both nights. Charger setter Vitor Macedo was instrumental in the wins over the tough, up-Island rivals. The height, speed and location of his sets made the hitters jobs easier and his choice of sets was masterful, keeping the Mariner blockers guessing all night. His distribution of the ball resulted in every Camosun player on the floor scoring offensive points on each night, and more importantly lifted the confidence of the team.
In addition to his fine setting, Macedo was the defensive leader for Camosun, notching 18 digs in total over the two nights, and also contributed an ace, 2 stuff blocks and 4 kills. Overall, it was a great performance from the first year Charger.
Women’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week
April Vaandrager (Columbia Bible College)
It wasn’t a perfect finish, but it was close. After more than four years of losses at the hands of the UFV Cascades, CBC captain April Vaandrager finally led her team to victory over their crosstown rivals and defending CCAA Champions. It took the whole weekend to get it done, but the taste of doing it on “Senior’s Night” was very satisfying.
With nothing more than pride on the line for the teams and playoff spots pretty well set, The Bearcats played a strong first half of the Friday night match, opening up a 2-0 lead before faltering and losing in 5. Vaandrager has 11 kills, 3 aces, 3 stuff blocks and did everything in her power to lead her team to a potential win. But the Bearcats could not finish the job. Rather than throw in the towel, Vaandrager returned Saturday night at Columbia Place and threw up 9 more timely kills and added three more blocks as CBC defeated UFV for the first time in nearly 5 seasons.
But the numbers were only part of the story. In the last home game of a stellar career at CBC, Vaandrager brought her “A” game on and off the court, constantly encouraging her team with her words and actions throughout the night. She had two huge kills and added two massive blocks during a crucial stretch in set 3 when the Bearcats rallied from 18-24 to take the set 30-28, setting the stage for the four set victory.
“April will be missed dearly, not only by her team but by the entire CBC community. April has become a student leader, not just a volleyball player and captain. We are proud of April and are blessed that she has been a part of our campus for four years. It is rare to have a student athlete of April’s character and quality spend four years at CBC. She has set a great example for those who will follow her.” – Head coach Duncan Harrison.