(ISN) – Second-year forward Jerod Dorby (Duncan, BC) had his best weekend as a VIU Mariner. On January 23, the Mariners took on the Capilano Blues.
With a fast start, Jerod was all over the court rebounding and finishing around the hoop. He went into half time with 19 points and 8 rebounds. As the game went on, Jerod was able to continue his low post scoring as he finished the game with 38 points (17/25 FG) of which three were dunks. He added 13 rebounds in 29 minutes as the Mariners defeated the Blues 105-63. On January 24, the Quest Kermodes came to town in a battle for first place in the Pacwest standings. The Mariners came in ranked #4 nationally, while the Kermodes sat at #5. Throughout the game, Jerod was able to rebound and finish in the paint consistently. Jerod finished the game with 17 points (6/8 FG) and 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. “Jerod has continued to improve and work on his game, he has been in 2 or 3 mornings a week,” said Assistant Coach Avneet Brar.”Jerod made great strides in his ability to sprint the floor, communicate, and score in the low post.”
Although some defensive stats are rarely noticed and recorded, fourth-year Quest Kermodes forward Katrin Sandbichler (Rosenheim, Germany) was a defensive force against two nationally ranked teams, the #14 ranked Camosun Chargers and #10 VIU Mariners. Making a second straight trip to the Island, after a sweep in November, the Kermodes started off the road trip Friday night versus Camosun with a 66-50 win, followed by a 50-42 win on Saturday at VIU. Sandbichler was 100% from the field on Friday night and 100% from the FT line on Saturday. Sandbichler scored a combined 19 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, while adding some key steals and block shots into the mix. These two big wins helped keep the Kermodes undefeated and improve to a 12-0 record.
Second-year outside hitter Josh Goossen (Winnipeg, MB) led the Bearcats to back-to-back victories over the nationally 10th-ranked Camosun Chargers this past weekend. On Friday night Josh was a force offensively picking up 20 kills, 1 block, and 2 aces on the way to victory. On Saturday, Goossen was on fire offensively again leading the Bearcats to a decisive 3-0 victory with an impressive 12 kills while picking up 5 digs, and 2 aces. The Bearcats have now won six straight to start the second semester and have their sights set on continuing their strong play.
This past weekend the VIU Mariners took on the UFV Cascades. The game was dictated all weekend by the Mariner middle offence. Tylar Turnbull (Port Coquitlam, BC) 4th-year middle, led the team offensively and provided the squad with some solid net play, leading the team in total blocks for the weekend as well. Tylar has been having a great year so far and carried on her strong play this weekend. On Friday Tylar led the Mariners with 11 kills and 5 blocks. On Saturday, Tylar pitched in with 9 kills (second on her team), 5 blocks and 3 aces helping the team to a 3-1 victory. The total weekend stats for Tylar were 20 kills, 10 blocks, and 6 aces. For a middle in the women’s conference, these are exceptional stats. Tylar consistently leads the team in kills and blocks and has been a key to helping the Mariners bounce back from a tough start.