With only one week remaining in the first half of the PACWEST season, the Camosun College Chargers volleyball teams are finding their groove and preparing to play their final matches of the Fall semester in Victoria. This comes much to the delight of anxious fans in the capital city who have waited three weeks to see the teams return to action following a bye on the November 10-11 weekend and last weekend’s road trip where the teams battled the Capilano Blues in North Vancouver. This weekend, the Chargers are set to serve up some homespun action as they battle the Columbia Bible College Bearcats from Abbotsford.
After coming off a weekend split against the number one Capilano University Blues and adapting to a new line-up, the Chargers men are looking forward to closing out the first half of the season on home ground this weekend.
“We had a minor breakthrough in Saturday’s match against Capilano,” states Chargers Men’s Volleyball Head Coach Charles Parkinson. “It was the first time we’ve really played together as a team and I think we showed that we can be pretty effective taking out the number one team in straight sets and playing from the front most of the time.”
“This weekend, we’re up against the bottom team in the conference, but the difference between number one and number seven in this league is not as big as people would think,” added Coach Parkinson. “We need to continue the same level of team play that we enjoyed on Saturday afternoon at Capilano. If we can do that, on paper, this should certainly favor Camosun. However, as CBC has shown, they can put together a good match from time to time and bite the opposition, so you can never take this team for granted. CBC’s Head Coach and former player Jason Warkentin is doing a pretty good job of making this his team. He inherited an existing group of players and struggled last year but has made some changes and is trying to improve that group over time, as he puts his own stamp on this team. So I would expect that they would be tenacious on defense, they are going to be an aggressive serving team but they are not as big or physical as we are offensively, so I think that’s where we definitely have an advantage.”
Despite falling short in their weekend series at Capilano, the 0-10 Chargers women are making steady progress and look to provide fans with some great volleyball in their home matches this weekend.
“We’ve played tight matches against every team in the PACWEST this season, unfortunately, we’ve fallen just shy of a win in every instance,” comments Chargers Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Brent Hall. “We don’t base our success at this time of year on wins and losses alone, and by many metrics, we are improving greatly. It’s a long season and there is plenty of time left to have a winning outcome.”
“I like our matchup against CBC. I’m anticipating we will get the monkey off our backs this weekend with a win against CBC.”
The Camosun men and women take to the court this Friday and Saturday. Cheer them on at PISE or watch the matches live on the CAMOSUN CHARGERS Webcast. For live updates, follow @CamosunChargers on Twitter.
Friday, November 24
Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Saturday, November 25
Women 1pm; Men 3pm