The Camosun Chargers Men’s Volleyball team continued their winning ways over the November 9 and 10 weekend with two action-packed victories against North Vancouver’s, Capilano University Blues.
Camosun second-year left side player, Eduardo Bida (Ex Well), was instrumental in the Chargers’ success and was recognized for his outstanding efforts with the PACWEST Athlete of the Week and CCAA Athlete of the Week awards.
“Eduardo returned to his All-Star form on the weekend,” notes Camosun Head Coach Charles Parkinson. “He hit .400 with only two errors against Capilano and notched an impressive four service aces. He was also the leading defender with seven digs as we rolled to a straight set win on Friday. The following day, Eduardo kept up his torrid pace in our 3-1 victory, matching his 10 kill total and adding another three aces from the service line as well as two stuff blocks and 15 digs. While his total of 20 kills, 7 aces, 2 blocks and 22 digs on the weekend highlight his skill, they do not reflect his on court leadership, which was also instrumental in our back-to-back wins.”
Third-year Charger Vitor Periera (BBA) was another key figure in the battle against the Blues. The 6’5” import from Brazil produced 28 points and 15 digs in the fight against Capilano and continues his four-week streak of dominating the league in Kills and Total Offensive Stats. Newcomer and UT student Graham Basi from Claremont Secondary also made an impact over the weekend with an impressive contribution of 20 points and 8 digs.
“This was an exciting week for us,” comments Coach Parkinson. “We demonstrated superior offensive firepower, solid passing and aggressive serving, but what is most important is that we did so on a consistent basis in both matches. The ability to exert consistent pressure on an opponent, with few point-costing mental lapses on our side, is fundamental to success at the higher levels of volleyball and it was nice to see the Chargers remain focused from start to finish. Another great thing about this weekend is that we used almost every one of our athletes in some capacity on Friday or Saturday and for the most part they all performed according to our expectations. This tells us that their exceptional effort in the gym and the weight room is starting to pay dividends.”
A number of Chargers have earned their way to the PACWEST list of League Leaders and at the end of Week 5, those individuals are:
Carter Karpenko #1 in Digs (2.74/S)
Eduardo Bida #3 in Digs (2.34/S); #14 in Blocks (0.31/S); #6 in Kills(2.62/S); #2 Aces (0.62/S); #6 in Total Offensive Stats
Vitor Periera #4 in Digs (2.00/S); #1 in Kills (3.79/S); (0.41/S); #1 in Total Offensive Stats
Graham Basi #5 in Blocks (0.41/S)
Douglass Waterman #7 in Blocks (0.38/S)
Mack Mravnik #13 in Blocks (0.32/S)
Heading into Week 6 of PACWEST competition, the Chargers are third in the standings with a record of 6-2. This weekend, the Chargers face off against the College of the Rockies Avalanche (4-6) in Cranbrook.
“We have a difficult road trip to Cranbrook this weekend and the College of the Rockies is not a team to be taken lightly,” states Coach Parkinson. “They are a very tall team and can put up a big block against our wingers. Like us, they carry a number of skilled Brazilian internationals who have helped their team. The secret for us will be to maintain our high level consistency and to have players like Eduardo Bida and Vitor Periera continue to raise the level of their game. Our back court can help them immeasurably by passing the ball to our setters in a position that gives them options to run our offense and isolate their front row players. It would also be nice to take their crowd out of it early as they are loud and boisterous and can have a major influence on how the Avalanche perform.”