Having closed the 2015-16 regular season with an exciting weekend series against the VIU Mariners, the Camosun College Chargers men’s and women’s volleyball teams have secured their berths to the playoffs and are gearing up for the PACWEST Provincial Championships hosted by Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, February 25-27.
Following two tough but motivating losses against their Island rivals, the Chargers women are seeded third and play the first match of the championship on Thursday, February 25 against the #6 College of the Rockies Avalanche (COTR) at 1:00pm
“This past weekend was excellent preparation for our program as we were able to gather a wealth of experience deep into our roster, states Chargers Women’s Head Coach Chris Dahl. “You never know when that experience will be called upon so the opportunity to better prepare our program was ideal. We’re a confident group heading into provincials and I think we should be as a result of our preparation and the number and variety of experiences we’ve had over the course of this season.”
“COTR is a great playoff opponent. They play a strong game on the defensive side of the ball and have proven time and again to be a significant test to teams and their resolve. It’s the ideal start for any program seeking to put together a playoff run. If you’re not ready for PACWEST playoff volleyball, they’ll make you ready.”
On the men’s side, Camosun was victorious in both contests against VIU, taking the Mariners down in back to back straight sets. The Chargers enter the Championship as the number one seed, just ahead of Douglas College whose successful run of 11 straight wins shot them into a tie-breaker with Camosun heading into the playoffs.
As the top seeded team, Camosun receives a bye and will play Friday’s feature match at 8pm against the winner of Men’s Match 4 (#4 UFV Cascades vs #5 COTR Avalanche at 8pm on Thursday).
“To win a Championship you have to be skilled, you have to be healthy both in terms of injury and sickness, and you have to be lucky,” comments Chargers Men’s Head Coach Charles Parkinson. “We have been able to manage the first and second of the criteria and we are hoping that the bounces will go our way during the event. We will play either COTR or Fraser Valley and both are good teams that have pushed us to 5 sets in past encounters this season. Our strength remains our power in both serving and blocking, along with the discipline that we have on defense. In total, we have the talent and the drive to win the Championship but I think victory will come down to which team can play in the moment rather than being overcome by the moment. We will do everything we can to make sure we are ready but relaxed when it comes time for us to take floor and that we focus on making each touch of the ball a quality touch, rather than worrying about or being distracted by the score or the outcome of the match.”
Medal matches are set for Saturday, February 27: Women’s Bronze 1pm; Men’s Bronze 3pm; Women’s Gold 6pm; Men’s Gold 8pm.