(ISN) – The Camosun College Chargers volleyball teams are making a steady climb up the Provincial and National rankings thanks to a series sweep over the CBC Bearcats in Victoria last weekend.
Undefeated, the Chargers women have clinched six successive wins and have made history with the program’s first-ever #1 PACWEST standing and #2 CCAA National ranking!
“We’re off to a great start at 6-0 in PACWEST play, there’s no denying that and to be honest, there are many smaller accomplishments in there that we take the time to acknowledge and celebrate,” exclaims Chargers Women’s Head Coach Chris Dahl. “We feel this is important. It feels good. However, I continue to be impressed with the drive and commitment of this group. We wrapped up Saturday’s match and there was immediately a sense of – let’s get back at it on Monday – from the athletes and coaching staff. “
The Chargers men also capitalized on their back to back wins, improving to 3-3 and advancing to 3rd place in the PACWEST and #12 in National standings. Despite his squad’s recent victories, Head Coach Charles Parkinson acknowledges that his program is still a work in progress.
“This weekend we were able to score successive 3-0 wins which is always great, especially if things are close at the end of the season and sets for and against have to be used to break a tie,” he explains. “However, we were far from excellent in our execution. CBC was hit with the injury bug and as a result their style of play was not as smooth as we are used to. Instead of maintaining our discipline and dictating the flow of the sets, I thought we played a scrappy, up and down kind of match. We need to work on imposing our style of play on any team we play and we will be working hard to smooth things out on our own side of the net.”
Student-athletes who led the Chargers to their weekend wins included men’s team players Jeremy Finn (Westbank) and Tyler Remeda (Calgary, AB) and first-year outside hitter Megan Beckett (Reynolds) for the women.
“Our captain Jeremy Finn had a break out weekend, showing both the leadership and focus that you want from a fifth-year athlete,” states Coach Parkinson. “He was solid and for the weekend notched 19 kills, 5 service aces and 14 digs. Jeremy’s intensity was matched by Tyler Remenda who exploded on Saturday for 16 kills, 7 digs and 1 ace, his finest performance in his young career as a Charger.”
Newcomer Megan Beckett made the most of the opportunity to showcase her abilities and gave an outstanding performance with a total of 29 points over 6 sets. Today, she was named PACWEST Women’s Athlete of the Week.
“It was great to see local athlete Megan Beckett perform this weekend,” comments Coach Dahl. “She’s an exciting player who puts pace on the ball as an attacker and has impressive range. Megan led the program in point production in both matches this weekend with 13 points on Friday (11 kills, 1 block and 1 ace) and 16 points on Saturday (12 kills and 4 aces). As she continues to round out her game she’ll only become more exciting for volleyball fans to watch.”
The Chargers leave Victoria tomorrow, bound for Cranbrook where they face the College of the Rockies Avalanche (@AVSvolleyball).
“This year’s College of the Rockies team is similar to Douglas and CBC in that they will dress a number of new and unfamiliar faces,” reports Coach Dahl. “They’ll play with passion and a lot of energy. Their defense and pursuit of the ball is to be admired. This weekend will also serve as their home opener so I anticipate a lot of energy and excitement in their gym.”
He adds, “This is a road trip that worries coaches. One can’t help but feel that our path to competition in Cranbrook is loaded with traps. The travel is long, the ride is challenging and your preparation routines are interrupted. However, we’re proving to be a team that is capable of adapting and overcoming obstacles. All factors will come into play this weekend from the challenges of long distance travel to the intentions of our opposition. This will make for another great weekend of PACWEST competition.”
On the men’s side, the Chargers will also need to manage the effects of the long bus ride to Cranbrook while keeping on top of their opponents.
“College of the Rockies is led by two veteran athletes,” asserts Coach Parkinson. “Last season’s PACWEST Player of the Year, Curtis Stockton has returned and is as aggressive as ever from the right side. Mitch Duthie is also back from a year off and is always a big presence on the wing. While the rest of the squad is made up primarily of first and second year players, Coach Steve Kamps always does a great job of preparing his athletes and at home, COTR is always a deadly team.”
“On the court we need to be better at reading opposing hitters and match that with a bit better positioning and more discipline on our block,” Coach Parkinson adds. “Our defense has been solid and will be outstanding with a more stable front row. Serving and passing remain the keys to success in our league and if we can serve to put them in trouble or at least under pressure we can generate a lot of transition points. If we can couple that with solid passing on our side there are very few teams who can limit our offense when all our attackers are in motion.”
Catch the Chargers LIVE as they face off against the COTR Avalanche in Cranbrook:
Fri, Nov. 7 W6pm; M8pm
Sat, Nov. 8 W1pm; M3pm