With four consecutive PACWEST Championship titles under their belt, the Camosun Chargers Men’s Volleyball team is setting up for another exciting season as the squad chases after its first ever provincial five-peat finish.
Led by Camosun Chargers Head Coach Charles Parkinson, “The Drive for Five” will be championed by a new mix of players who promise to keep fans packing the stands at PISE.
“Chargers fans will be excited by the skill, size and cohesiveness of this year’s team,” says Coach Parkinson. “A core group of quality veterans including co-captains Doug Waterman and Eduardo Bida, along with Mack Mravnik continue to anchor the program while the number of departures after 2017-18 has provided opportunities for last year’s rookies to step up to the plate. Players like Morgan Humphreys, Dale MacDonell, Lorenz Vogel and Graham Basi have upped their game considerably after a summer of hard training in the weight room and their early performance in the preseason has been outstanding. Look for them to get plenty of floor time this year!”
Kyle Bourdon, part of the Chargers winning team two seasons ago, has returned to the team this year and his versatility as a setter, attacker and serving specialist make him an invaluable addition to the roster. Also returning is Chargers setter Taran Silas whose creativity and play-making should keep other teams guessing and the fans smiling.
Fans will also see several new faces on the court. Carter Karpenko (Prince George) and Jack Harrison (St. Andrews, MB) have filled the gap created by Libero Elion Wong (who finished his fifth season and has returned to the Chargers in a coaching role) and their talent and work have made for a painless transition in this key position.
Two new bangers have emerged on the right side including rookie Aidan Chisholm from Selkirk, Manitoba and Brazilian ACAC transfer Vitor Pereira. Pereira and fellow Brazilian Eduardo Bida are expected to deliver some “show time” volleyball as they bring a wealth of talent and International flair to the floor.
Two other new faces to watch for include Mitchell Whittla from Victoria (Royal Bay) and Lucas Hinger from Calgary, AB .
As talented as the Chargers are on the floor, the depth of knowledge and experience on the bench is equally as impressive. Returning to the bench with Coach Parkinson are assistant coaches and father and son duo, Gord and Andy Inglis.
“Andy brings passion, intensity and drive to every practice and his five years of playing experience in additional to years of coaching has made him an invaluable technical and tactical asset,” says Coach Parkinson. “Gord is a veteran of coaching and his use of video and real time correction and teaching techniques is an essential part of our training. His knowledge of the mental side of the game not only helps athletes develop quickly, it also assists them in dealing with the pressure and psychological stress of competition and post-secondary education.”
New to the Chargers coaching staff and fresh from his role as a player, is Elion Wong, a five-year PACWEST athlete and one of the premiere Libero’s in the league.
“Elion has already established that as a coach he has a great ability to transfer his learning of passing, defense, reading and positioning to a newer generation of athletes,” comments Coach Parkinson.
Find the 2018-19 Camosun Chargers Men’s Volleyball team roster and profiles here.
The Chargers kick off the 2018 season this weekend against the Columbia Bible College Bearcats in Abbotsford.
Fri Oct 12 Camosun at CBC Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Sat Oct 13 Camosun at CBC Women 1pm; Men 3pm
Watch it live on SportsCanada.TV
The Chargers’ volleyball home opener is scheduled for Friday, October 19 at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence on Camosun’s Interurban Campus as the teams host the Douglas College Royals, Women 6pm; Men 8pm.