(ISN) – Last weekend, the Chargers men’s volleyball squad swept their matches with the COTR Avalanche to advance to 16-6 and maintain the #2 spot in the PACWEST standings. Camosun’s winning weekend doused any hopes the Avalanche had to qualify for the PACWEST playoffs and COTR closes the season in 7th place with 5 wins and 19 losses. Heading into the final week of conference competition, the Chargers will need to win one of this week’s two matches against Island rivals, the VIU Mariners to remain in second place and receive a first round bye at the PACWEST Provincial playoffs.
Despite cruising to a straight set victory (25-19, 25-16, 25-15) on Valentine’s Day, Camosun faced a more desperate crew in Sunday’s match-up where the home team was forced to four sets before claiming their second win of the weekend (25-8, 25-20, 17-25, 25-17).
“We went in to the COTR weekend with confidence and executed our game plan to a tee on Saturday night,” comments Chargers Head Coach Charles Parkinson. “COTR struggled on service reception and as a result were never able to get any momentum from the middles or the wings. Even though it wasn’t the most inspired match, I was pleased with our consistency and discipline. Given Capilano’s 3-1 upset win over UFV Saturday forced a must win situation for the Avalanche to make the play-offs so we knew we would be in for a much tougher battle. Strategic serving was a prominent factor in our favour in the first two sets as COTR played from behind in both. In set three, though, they raised the level of their play, and demonstrated that they still had some fight and were not prepared to roll over. Forced to go to a fourth set, we also elevated our level of play and the expected push-back never materialized.”
Second-year leftside Cam Fennema (Pacific Christian) was the high scorer on Sunday with 14 kills and 2 blocks and also, 9 digs. Fourth-year middle Alex Sadowski continued to dominate in the middle, nailing 12 kills and 4 blocks. Libero Adrian Best also had a great match passing 2.25 (out of 3) and notching 19 digs.
This week marks the FINAL matches of league play prior to the PACWEST Provincial Championships hosted by Camosun College February 26-28, at PISE. This Thursday, Camosun faces off against the VIU Mariners in Nanaimo (Women 6pm; Men 8pm). On Saturday, Chargers host VIU at PISE, Women 6pm; Men 8pm). All matches can be viewed live on SportsCanadaTV http://sportscanada.tv/pacwest/
“We are one match ahead of VIU at the present time and go into the week needing to win one of the two matches to secure second place in the league and a bye to the semi-finals, says Coach Parkinson. “We haven’t played each other since the first weekend of league play and are looking forward to travelling to Nanaimo on Thursday to face them. They have demonstrated all season that their strength lies on their wings with Jesse Bazergui and Zach Grigg on the left side and Diego Bustos on the right. After an ankle sprain laid him up for a few weeks, fifth- year captain Rylan Brouwer is back in the Libero position and provides great defensive leadership for the Mariners. We believe we have more depth than VIU and can score from inside and outside in every position, however, we have to pass the ball well in order for that to occur. If we can take care of that aspect of the game our statistics show that our blocking, defense and attacking are amongst the best in the league. It will be a great mental test for both teams with a terrific rivalry based on skill and mutual respect. We are looking forward to the challenge!”
On Saturday, the Chargers will recognize two graduating student-athletes at their final league match of the season:
Jeremy Finn Westbank, BC Year 5 BBA Marketing
Alex Sadowski Belmont Year 4 Electrical Engineering
Catch the Chargers in their FINAL league match-up of the 2014-15 season, Camosun vs. VIU at PISE!
Saturday, February. 21
Camosun hosts VIU Mariners
Women 6pm: Men 8pm