Camosun Chargers are kings of the PACWEST men’s volleyball

The Camosun Chargers are kings of the PACWEST men’s volleyball scene once again.

The Victoria squad claimed its fourth consecutive conference title on Saturday evening, defeating the Vancouver Island University Mariners in four sets (25-22, 26-24, 22-25, 25-14) at UFV’s Envision Financial Athletic Centre.

In an all-Vancouver Island final, Matt Bowers and Eduardo Bida led the way for the Chargers, tying for team-high honours with 18 kills apiece. Bowers picked up player of the match honours.

Jerome Cross chipped in offensively for the winners with 13 kills, and middles Douglass Waterman (four blocks) and Spencer Janzen (three blocks) were forces at the net. Libero Elion Wong notched a team-high 18 digs, and Cross and Bida had 10 digs apiece.

The Mariners’ balanced attack was paced by outside hitters Jeff Webb (nine kills, two blocks) and Brayden Brouwer (nine kills, one block, 11 digs), with middles Doug Groenendijk (eight kills, three blocks) and Adam Kapteyn (seven kills, two blocks) also excelling. Setter Keal Prince was VIU’s player of the match.

Both teams will participate in the CCAA men’s volleyball national championships, which will be hosted by Camosun March 7-10.

Tournament all-stars

Jerome Cross, Camosun

Matt Bowers, Camosun

Braydon Brouwer, VIU

Doug Groenendijk, VIU

Reid Marriott, Douglas

Sameh Khodr, Capilano

MVP: Eduardo Bida, Camosun