(ISN) – The Camosun Chargers volleyball teams tapped into a treasure trove of awards and hardware over the past week, with almost a dozen Chargers being selected as PACWEST Award Winners and both teams finishing in the medals at the PACWEST Provincial Volleyball Championships.
While Head Coach Charles Parkinson’s men team captured their third conference title, the Chargers women took their first Silver under the direction of Head Coach Chris Dahl who earned his first PACWEST Coach of the Year. For their outstanding performances throughout the Championships, Camosun student-athletes Cam Fennema and Katie Fetting earned top honours as the Tournament MVPs and are named Athletes of the Week as the PACWEST post-season comes to an end.
Second-year leftside Cam Fennema (Pacific Christian) was instrumental in the Camosun Chargers pursuit of the PACWEST Provincial Championship title. On Friday he contributed 14 kills, 1 block and 8 digs as the Chargers downed their Island rivals, the VIU Mariners, in a tough 3-1 match. In the final against Douglas College, Fennema was at his finest, scoring 21 kills from the leftside and out of the back row. He chipped in with 10 digs and was also one of the anchors of the passing line. His 35 points and 18 digs earned him the MVP award for the tournament and led Chargers to the PACWEST Gold Medal.
Cam and the Chargers men now prepare for the CCAA National Championships hosted by Holland College in Charlottetown, PEI on March 12-14. After defeating the No. 1 nationally ranked Douglas Royals in the Provincial Gold Medal match, Camosun enters the CCAA National Championships as the top seeded team.
Third-year outside hitter Katie Fetting (Lethbridge, AB) was named the PACWEST Championships MVP following a pair of outstanding performances on the weekend at the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence at Camosun College in Victoria. Although the Chargers (22-4 overall record) finished the PACWEST portion of their season with a silver medal, losing to the #3 VIU Mariners, Katie and her teammates continue to have their sights set on the CCAA National Championships in Longueuil, QC, March 11-14.
“Katie has now put together a significant stretch of volleyball where she is consistently performing at an incredibly high level,” comments Chargers Head Coach Chris Dahl. “It’s not a surprise to those that are fortunate enough to see her talent every day in training. She’s remarkable. She’s an athlete that makes the highest level of PACWEST and CCAA volleyball exciting to watch.”
During Friday’s semi-final, a match in which the Chargers secured their first berth to the CCAA National Championships in program history, Katie chipped in nine kills and six digs. On Saturday, in the championship match Katie electrified a capacity crowd on route to 23 kills, two stuff blocks and 10 digs. Over the course of two matches Katie was the backbone of the service reception passing an average of 2.55 on a 4-point scale on the weekend.
“Katie is a difference maker in the game,” adds Coach Dahl. “More important and something we don’t want to be lost in the numbers… she’s an incredible teammate. The National Championship is going to be an incredible experience for our Chargers and Katie’s play is ideal for the big stage.”