While the excitement of Camosun College hosting back-to-back national volleyball championships is the current buzz amongst volleyball enthusiasts across the nation, the two-time defending PACWEST Champion Chargers men’s volleyball team is focused on preparing for their final weekend of regular season competition and going for their third-consecutive gold medal at the upcoming Provincial playoffs hosted by Vancouver Island University, February 23-25.
Earlier today, the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) announced that Camosun was awarded the 2018 CCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship to be held in Victoria, BC, March 7-11, 2018.
“Hosting the National Championship is a feather in the cap of any institution not only because it is an endorsement from leaders around the country, but because it’s also a reflection of a highly supportive institution, skilled staff and volunteers, a great program and committed and talented student-athletes,” states Camosun Chargers Head Coach Charles Parkinson. “The opportunity to take part in this prestigious event is a tremendous honour and one that will showcase the Chargers. But that is next season and right now we are focused on the last weekend of this year’s league play and the Provincial Championships that take place in just over a week.”
Sitting in third place with a record of 14-8, the Chargers have experienced their share of ups and downs this past season but according to Coach Parkinson, the squad is ready to ramp up their game one match at a time.
“It is likely we will finish in third place in our PACWEST league which is a tremendous accomplishment for a program that saw a lot of change at the end of last season and where half the starting line-up are rookies,” states Coach Parkinson.
“As the two-time defending Provincial Champions we have a rather large bulls-eye on our backs and every team in the league wants to wrestle the title away from us. We have shown that we are capable of playing with and beating the top teams, and going into the end of the season we are finally almost fully injury free, which is critical. As we move forward from this point we are only thinking about one match at a time and our game plan for success. Our philosophy has always been process first, outcome second and if we can peak at the right moment and play relatively error free I know in my heart that the elusive three-peat is within our grasp. From what I have seen in practice lately, I think the players believe that as well. They are incredibly motivated to make it to the National Championships in London, Ontario to gain the experience that will serve those that are returning so well as tournament hosts next year.”
The Camosun men and women close out the regular season this weekend with an Island Rivlary against the VIU Mariners! Catch the action at PISE or tune in to SportsCanada.TV
Fri, Feb. 17 Camosun hosts VIU Mariners in Victoria Women 6pm, Men 8pm
Sat, Feb. 18 VIU Mariners host Camosun in Nanaimo Women 5pm, Men 7pm