The Camosun College Chargers men’s volleyball team opened the 2016-17 season with a pair of exciting wins which were supported by a roaring home crowd at the PISE gymnasium this past weekend as they played host to the College of the Rockies Avalanche. This week, the Chargers prepare to take on the VIU Mariners as Week 2 of PACWEST volleyball action gets underway.


“Any time you win back to back matches on a PACWEST weekend it is a good weekend,” says Chargers Men’s Volleyball Head Coach Charles Parkinson. “When you do it on the opening weekend it is particularly sweet, which is why we are happy with the results.”


Camosun captured their first wins of the season 3-1 (25-18 25-16, 22-25, 25-16) and 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-18) in their October 13 and 14 matches against the visiting Avalanche from Cranbrook.

“The play was a bit ragged at times, but it was clear that overall we were bigger and more skilled in our fundamentals than COTR,” states Coach Parkinson. “We served quite tough and we were encouraged by the consistency and execution relative to our game plan. While they showed moments of resilience and tenacity our discipline served us well and even when they went on small runs we stayed focused and determined. Gabe Freund’s six service aces on Friday is close to a record for us and was a reflection of his finest performance as a Charger in his three years with the team. We have the luxury of two outstanding Libero’s and both Elion Wong and Tyler Remenda showed their class in anchoring our back row. It was also nice to see setter Matt Cantin, last year’s back-up to Vitor Macedo, step into the spotlight and run the offense like the veteran he is. Overall, it was an encouraging start for a new Chargers squad and we are working hard to refine our skills and polish our execution.”


Heading into the second week of conference competition, the Chargers are setting up for a big matchup against Island rivals, the VIU Mariners who are looking experienced and strong with one of the program’s most talented squads yet.


“VIU is fielding its strongest team in two or three years with some players really maturing well and some fine, off season recruiting pick-ups,” comments Coach Parkinson. “Watching them play this weekend I would say we are quite evenly matched. The have a veteran middle in Wayne Woychieski and so do we in Doug Waterman. They have their ace Zack Grigg bombing from the service line and we have Savana Walkingbear. They have fifth-year veteran Ryan Marcellus in the setting position and we have fifth-year veteran Matt Cantin. It should be an interesting contest and may come down to which team is slightly farther along in terms of developmental progress in the early part of this season. Defense may be the difference in addition to limiting unforced errors. Regardless of who wins, it will be an entertaining battle and perhaps a preview of the PACWEST play-offs.”


While the men open the season 2-0, the Chargers women are 1-0 after the first week of PACWEST play with a 3-1 win over COTR in Thursday’s home opener (25-27, 25-18, 25-15, 25-13) and a reverse four set loss on Friday (11-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-23).


This weekend, the Chargers travel to Nanaimo on Friday and are back at PISE playing host on Saturday.


Fri, Oct. 21           CAM at VIU        Women 6pm; Men 8pm                Nanaimo, Vancouver Island University

Sat, Oct. 22         VIU at CAM        Women 5pm; Men 7pm                Victoria, Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence


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