(2nd Year Meghan Beckett and the Camosun Chargers face off against the CBC Bearcats this Halloween weekend in Abbotsford)
Bye readies Chargers’ return to PACWEST play
After sweeping their PACWEST season openers against the VIU Mariners on October 16-17 and taking advantage of this past weekend’s bye to recharge their batteries, the Camosun Chargers volleyball teams return to conference competition this Friday and Saturday to take on the Columbia Bible College Bearcats (CBC) in Abbotsford.
For the Chargers women, the early bye turned out being a lucky break for squad who had three student-athletes either absent or sidelined during opening weekend.
“You never like to go into competition without your full roster so we’ll continue to work with our staff to get all of our athletes back to game ready,” comments Chargers Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Chris Dahl. “Although the bye weekend originally struck me as early in the season, we’ve embraced it and will make the best of the timing. Our student-athletes commit a great deal of their personal time to the Chargers and we acknowledge that it doesn’t matter when the bye weekend falls… there’s much that can be gained from it.”
With two weekends of play under their belt, the CBC women are 0-4 having lost to UFV 3-2 and 3-1, and to Capilano in straight sets. The CBC men are also experiencing a slow start having lost their first four matches (UFV 3-0; 3-0 and CAP 3-0; 3-1).
“We played CBC in the pre-season and while they are a decent team, they are not quite as strong as they were last season,” says Chargers Men’s Volleyball Head Coach Charles Parkinson. “We respect them and will prepare for them as we do every other team, but we are treating this as an opportunity to finalize our style of play for this season and to try different combinations of players because we are deep in every position.”
Coach Parkinson added, “At this point in the season we are not as concerned about what goes on on the other side of the net as we are about what happens on our side. We have been working hard on our fitness levels, strength and anaerobic capacity over the past 6 weeks and will now start adding an increasing amount of team play into practice. This is important because athletes have to know our offensive, defensive and coverage systems, what their zones of responsibility are within those systems and what options are available in transition. This is a process that takes time, but it can only be started when everyone is at the same fitness level and when the ball control skills become established and consistent as they are now.”
The Chargers men and women are both 2-0 heading into Week 3 of PACWEST play.
Catch the action on PACWEST.TV
Camosun College Chargers at Columbia Bible College (Abbotsford)
Fri, Oct. 30 Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Sat, Oct. 31 Women 1pm; Men 3pm