The Chargers men’s and women’s volleyball teams have a bye this weekend, but the squads are getting set for their FINAL matches of the season on February 19 and 20 against Island rivals, the VIU Mariners! The 2015-16 PACWEST Provincial Championships will be hosted by Columbia Bible College, February 25-27 in Abbotsford.
Despite a disappointing series against a much improved College of the Rockies Avalanche (COTR) in Cranbrook this past weekend, the Chargers women stand steady as the PACWEST’s #2 team with 13 wins and 9 losses. Following this week’s bye, the February 19-20 showdown between Camosun and VIU will be a contest of epic proportions as the PACWEST’s top two teams go head to head in a prelude the playoffs! This week, the Chargers slide to No. 9 in the CCAA National Rankings while the Mariners maintain second (16-4).
Chargers men’s volleyball Head Coach Charles Parkinson (who was inducted to the Volleyball BC Hall of Fame on February 6 in Burnaby) left last weekend’s coaching duties in the capable hands of Assistant Coach Andy Inglis who navigated the Chargers through two turbulent five-set wins against the Avs. Fourth-year leftside Savana Walkingbear (Turtleford, SK) was instrumental in Camosun’s success, registering 43 offensive points over the series and earning his second PACWEST Athlete of the Week award of the season. With a record of 19-3, Camosun holds on to the PACWEST’s top spot and a No. 3 national ranking. The Chargers prepare to meet the Mariners who are third in the conference’s standings and ranked nationally at No. 13.
With just three weeks remaining in PACWEST basketball action, the Chargers men and women are fighting to earn a berth to the playoffs hosted by Capilano University, March 3-5 in North Vancouver. Having played their final weekend at home, Camosun is on the road with five games each to go!
At 5-11, the #6 Chargers women prepare for two tough opponents, the #1 Douglas College Royals (15-1) and the #3 Capilano Blues (12-4), who Camosun has fallen to in each of their previous meetings this season. Coming off five straight losses, the Chargers will be counting on PACWEST point leaders Kathryn Candell and Kelly Young to rally the troops to victory.
In men’s action, it’s a race between 4, 5, and 6 as the 6-10 Chargers take on the #5 Douglas Royals (8-8) and the #4 Capilano Blues (9-7). While Camosun aims for its first win against Douglas, the team strives to repeat the “w” they produced versus CAP just a few weeks ago.
Watch the Chargers men’s and women’s basketball teams this weekend on PACWEST.tv
Camosun vs Douglas College Royals Fri, Feb. 12 W6pm; M8pm
Camosun vs Capilano University Blues Sat, Feb. 13 W1pm; M3pm