Having kick-started the 2018-19 PACWEST season with two wins a piece in Abbotsford last weekend, the Chargers Men’s and Women’s Volleyball teams are keen to entertain fans and chalk up another pair of victories this weekend as Camosun plays host to the Douglas College Royals in their home openers at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence, October 19 and 20.
As the 4-Peat defending PACWEST Provincial Champions, the Chargers men led by Camosun Head Coach Charles Parkinson, are accustomed to making a steady climb to the top of the standings but it has been a different story for the Chargers women who experienced a tough rebuilding season last year.
“Last weekend was a good chance to get our feet wet as a team,” comments Chargers Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Brent Hall. “We fought some first-game jitters on Friday but rose to the occasion when push came to shove and left with a win. We found another gear Saturday and played a bit better, never letting up. We haven’t yet competed the way we can, so I’m looking forward to this coming weekend to raise the bar again.”
In this weekend’s contest, the Chargers women will be put to the test as they face off against the defending PACWEST Provincial Champion and 2018 CCAA National Women’s silver medalist Douglas College Royals.
“It sounds like Douglas is going to be pretty strong,” says Coach Hall. “I believe they’ve returned the majority of their starters and added a couple of people. That said, they were one of our better match ups last season and even though we were not able to come away with a win, we went the distance with them and really challenged them. I think that their strengths match up well against our strengths. It will be a tough battle and an exciting series of matches for our fans to watch.”
Following each of the women’s matches, the Chargers men will go head to head with the Royals who were the 2018 PACWEST bronze medalists.
“Douglas is a formidable opponent and one against whom we struggled last year,” states Camosun Men’s Volleyball Head Coach Charles Parkinson. “Given their youth last season, they will return the majority of their athletes and have added a few new and talented recruits for good measure. The Royals have a shorter but very skilled and experienced setter who can move the ball around with great disguise, and their right side offense proved difficult for our defense to contain. We have worked hard on our blocking during the early part of this season and it should make for some interesting and challenging play for athletes on both sides. While we are confident in our abilities, we will also be looking for a raucous home crowd to ignite our abilities and help spark us to victory.”
Catch the Camosun volleyball home openers this weekend at PISE.
Fri Oct 19 CAM vs DC Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Sat Oct 20 CAM vs DC Women 1pm; Men 3pm
Watch it live on PACWEST.TV