(ISN) – PACWEST Athletes of the Week – Week 18
Kelsey is a 4th-year student athlete who is #1 in kills and #3 in digs in the PACWEST, and #4 in total offence in the CCAA. On Friday Feb 6th versus the UFV Cascades, COTR won 3-0. COTR was able to attack through the middle because Kelsey’s serve receive and defence was exceptional. A tough serve by her allowed us to defend only an outside ball. She finished with 13 digs, nine kills and two aces for 11 offensive points. She accounted for 23% of our digs, 29% of our kills and 21% of COTR’s total offence. On Saturday, Feb. 7 versus the Cascades, COTR again won 3-0. Kelsey was counted on in this match to supply the bulk of our offence, and she contributed 9 kills in the third set. She finished with two blocks, 11 digs, and 20 kills in only three sets. She had 25% of our team’s digs, 55% of our kills and 45% of our total offence. “Kelsey is the complete volleyball player that any coach dreams to have. Not only is she the best offensive and defensive player in the PACWEST, she is the leader and captain of the Avalanche. She is surrounded by rookies on the floor and she helps them play with confidence by being both their physical and emotional leader.”
The Camosun College Chargers were able to secure back-to-back wins this weekend against a very tough opponent in Capilano University. As he has done all season, Alex Sadowski (Victoria, BC) was a tower of strength and steadiness in the middle for the Chargers and his speed, size, and blocking presence made the hitters question their shots. He scored 32 points on the weekend, including 19 kills, 8 blocks and five aces. Although his numbers alone are worthy of Athlete of the Week consideration, his aces don’t reflect his many other serves that put the Blues on their heels and forced them to give up easy over-passes, and his eight blocks don’t reflect his contributions that allowed Camosun to attack in transition. Sadowski is one of the premiere players in the PACWEST and continues to show it consistently with his stellar performances.
Fourth-year guard Jamie Macfarlane (Prince George, BC) had her best weekend as a Mariner in leading VIU to two victories at home. On Friday, Jamie had 24 points, including five three-pointers, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 60-47 win over Douglas. On Saturday, Jamie had 12 points in a 69-55 win over Langara. “Jamie has been outstanding for us this year. She has worked very hard to put herself in this position.”
This past weekend the Mariners hosted the Douglas College Royals and Langara College Falcons in two tough home games. Fifth-year guard Harrison Stupich (Cedar, BC) had an excellent weekend in the two big wins. Harrison is a team captain and has been an excellent leader for the Mariners on and off the court. On Friday versus the Royals, Harrison did an excellent job finding shooters and communicating defensively in order to help slow the Royals hot shooting. Harrison finished the game with seven points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals as the Mariners went on to win 91-61. On Saturday, the Mariners hosted the Langara College Falcons in a battle for first place in the league, and the season series, as each team had a previous win. Harrison had 20 points and three rebounds and hit timely shots as the Mariners went on to defeat the Falcons 82-67. “Harrison did an excellent job closing out on shooters, sorting out any defensive confusion and helping our team flow into offence,” said Mariners Assistant Coach Avneet Brar. “A lot of the great things Harrison did may not show up on the stat sheet but were pivotal to our team’s collective success. Boxing out, moving the ball and communicating non-stop are three things Harrison did exceptionally well to help our team pick up the two wins.”