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With Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

Saanich, BC (ISN) – The Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners captured the bronze medal on the Men’s side at the 2015 PACWEST Volleyball Championships, by sweeping the Columbia Bible College (CBC) Bearcats 25-22, 28-26 and 27-25 at the PISE Gymnasium at Camosun College on Saturday afternoon.

VIU’s Diego Bustas (6) flies for the spike against CBC on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Despite the 3-0 win, this match could not have been closer as both teams dug deep to put away their opponents and close the season in the Top 3.

“It was a close match but we had that little bit of fight left in us from last night’s game to push us through,” stated Mariners Head Coach Abe Avender. “It was nice to see our boys step up in the 20’s to get the last few points and close it out.”

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Columbia Bible College Bearcat Leigh Goosen (7) faces a wall of VIU defenders on this spike attempt Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

“Bronze is the hardest to win because you’ve lost the chance for Gold,” added Avender. “Today’s win means a lot to us, especially our fifth-year guys. This is the closest group of athletes I’ve ever coached, from the first guy to the last.”

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CBC’s Jason Warkentin (4) goes up for the spike against a pair of VIU defenders (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Third-year setter Ryan Marcellus (Victoria) ran VIU’s middle with confidence today was named Player of the Match for his excellent performance throughout the match.

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VIU’s Jesse Bazergui (15) floats and waits to spike the ball past a pair of CBC defenders (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

CBC outside hitter Josh Goosen earned Player of the Match for CBC commanding play from both the front and back row. Josh posted 23 kills, 2 blocks and 2 aces for a total of 27 offensive points.