Camosun Men Capture PACWEST Volleyball Title

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With Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

Saanich, BC (ISN) – The Nations’s 8th ranked Camosun College Chargers forged their way to an electrifying four-set victory over the Nation’s No. 1 Douglas College Royals to capture their second at-home PACWEST Provincial Championship title at the 2015 PACWEST Volleyball Championships at PISE Gym at Camosun College on Sunday evening.

Camosun’s Rian Plante (5) goes up for the kill against a pair of Douglas College defenders (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Chargers and Royals split the first two sets, with the Chargers coming out of the gate with a 25-19 win, while the Royals responded in set two with a 25-23 win. The next two sets were just as close, with the Chargers winning both by scores of 25-23 to thrill the packed crowd.

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Douglas College’s Matt Santema (8) attempts the outside spike (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

While the defending champion Royals pick up Silver, the Chargers win Gold and a trip to the CCAA Men’s National Championships hosted by Holland College in Charlottetown, PEI on March 12-14.

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A soaring Rian Plante scores for Camosun (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Chargers win also avenges to some degree, the loss by the Camosun Women’s squad, who fell to VIU in an amazing five-set display of volleyball in the game just prior to the men’s final. The Chargers had won the opening two sets before VIU came roaring back for the win, in a game that delayed the men’s start by a full hour.

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Douglas College Player of the Game George Thompson (1) uses some touch to finesse the ball over the net and a pair of Camosun defenders (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

“That last point was a blur,” said Chargers Head Coach Charles Parkinson. “Jeremy Finn was jumping up and down and if I hadn’t put my clipboard down, there would have been papers all over the floor! I’m obviously really proud of the team, but this isn’t our end goal … that’s Nationals!

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Camosun’s Cam Fennema (6) was the Player of the Game as well as the Tournament MVP (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN) 

Second-year leftside and Chargers “go to” guy Cam Fennema was Player of the Match hammering out 21 kills. Second-year Royals outside hitter George Thompson cranked out 19 offensive points for the Royals (14 kills, 4 blocks, 1 ace) to earn POM honours for Douglas College.

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Camosun’s Jeremy Finn goes up for the kill (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

CHAMPIONSHIP ALL-STARS

WOMEN

  • Erika Sheen #10 CAM
  • Kelsey Johnson #6 VIU
  • Megan Groenedijk #8 VIU
  • Tylar Turnbull #1 VIU
  • Kira Sutcliffe #5 CAP
  • Kelsey Thompson #7 COTR
  • Katie Fetting #1 CAM Tournament MVP

MEN

  • George Thompson #1 DC
  • Carson Heppell #13 DC
  • Rian Plante #5 CAM
  • Vitor Macedo #1 CAM
  • Jesse Bazergui #15 VIU
  • Josh Goosen #13 CBC
  • Cam Fennema #6 CAM Tournament MVP

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