Following an epic finish as the 2018 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) silver medalists, the Camosun Chargers women’s volleyball team is gearing up for a brand new season of PACWEST and CCAA competition.
“We have a young group this year,” states Chargers Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Brent Hall. “It’s been great to see our veterans embrace leadership roles as our rookies adjust to life as Camosun student-athletes. I’m continually impressed with the level of competitive drive and commitment to progress that shows up to the gym every day. We are improving consistently and I expect that trend will continue. Time will tell how things shape up but we are ready to exit the pre-season and get competing.”
Key returnees include second-year middle Megan Ireland (Art & Science), second-year libero Jordan Lilley (Bachelor of Sport and Fitness Leadership) and third-year outside hitter Stephanie Galitzine (BSFL). Also making a return to the program are Allie Waddell (2nd year outside, Art & Science) and third-year setter Katie Wayling (BSFL).
“Megan will be fun to watch this season,” comments Coach Hall. “She has a high jump and is always good for a few big blocks. Another person we have our eyes on is Jordan Lilley. Her defense has been impressive. Making big digs will keep momentum on our side of the net and create exciting rallies. Steph Galitzine is poised for a breakout season. She is a skilled all-around leftside and we have high hopes for her as she continues to grow into her role as captain.”
Suiting up for the Chargers in their rookie season are local athletes Grace Kazanowski (Stelly’s), Lauren Montgomery-Stinson (Claremont) and Mt. Doug grads Jessica Lane and Kyra Schroeder. Also playing their first year of post-secondary volleyball are Correina McNeice from Terrace, BC (Caledonia Senior Secondary), Samantha Scott who hails from Vernon (W.L. Seaton Secondary) and Kamloops natives Rayelle Zacharuk and Ashley Evin – both graduates of Valleyview Secondary.
“I’m anticipating an upward trajectory for us,” says Coach Hall. “With a new look to the starting lineup this year we may require patience through the first half of the season, but I expect the win column will outweigh the losses overall. Right now, we are playing great defense and getting into long rallies, which is always fun to watch from the bleachers.”
The Chargers open the season this weekend against Island rivals, the VIU Mariners at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence gymnasium on Camosun’s Interurban campus.
Fri, Oct. 13 Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Sat, Oct. 14 Women 1pm; Men 3pm