The Camosun Chargers Men’s Volleyball team notched their third consecutive winning weekend on their November 16 and 17 to Cranbrook with two convincing contests over the hosting College of the Rockies Avalanche. The Chargers head into Week 7 of PACWEST Volleyball competition tied for second with a record of 8-2 and a Top 10 CCAA National ranking!
Chargers newcomer and Camosun International student-athlete Vitor Periera (BBA), led the Chargers to victory scoring 33 points over the course of the weekend and earning his first PACWEST Athlete of the Week award.
“Vitor showed his skill and versatility with 26 points on the attack, a whopping 7 aces from the service line, 1 block and 16 digs,” commented Camosun Head Coach Charles Parkinson about the third-year attacker from Brazil. “He hit the Chargers out of trouble on many challenging plays against a tall and much improved COTR, utilizing his strength and velocity to overpower the Avalanche blockers. It was his serving that turned the tide for Camosun, however, with 29 total serves in the two matches. Even when he wasn’t scoring aces he put the opponents on their heels and allowed the Chargers to score off transition. Add in his 16 digs and it paints a picture of two complete matches from a talented veteran.”
Fri Nov 16 CAM 3-1 COTR (15-25, 31-29, 25-18, 25-15) BOX SCORES
Sat Nov 17 CAM 3-0 COTR (25-20, 25-22, 25-19) BOX SCORES
Two Chargers have held the top spots among PACWEST’s League Leaders and they are newcomer Carter Karpenko from Prince George (BBA), who has dominated the league in digs for the past three weeks (2.70/set) and Vitor Periera who has been top in kills for the past five consecutive weeks (3.75/set). Periera is also #6 in Aces (0.53/set) and second in Total Offensive Stats (4.36 points/set).
Additional Chargers who have worked their way on to the list of PACWEST leaders include:
Eduardo Bida #3 in Digs (2.11/S); #6 in Kills(2.86/S); #2 Aces (0.64/S); #5 in Total Offensive Stats (3.78/S)
Douglass Waterman #4 in Blocks (0.42/S)
Mack Mravnik #6 in Blocks (0.42/S)
Lorenz Vogel #7 in Blocks (0.40/S)
Graham Basi #9 in Blocks (0.38/S)
Up next for the Chargers is this weekend’s Island rivalry as Camosun faces off against the VIU Mariners to close the first half of the PACWEST season.
“Coming off a successful weekend in Cranbrook we will face a stern test this weekend against VIU,” states Coach Parkinson. “The Island rivalry has always been an intense one because our two teams have been so evenly matched over the years. This season is proving to be no different and we have identical records going into the last weekend of the first half. Both teams have impact players with VIU enjoying tremendous productivity from their wings, especially Braydon Brouwer and Jeff Webb, who rarely fail to deliver.
Our blockers will have to be on their game to slow these quality athletes down and left sides Eduardo Bida and Graham Basi will have to match their efficiency. The Mariners are dealing with a knee injury to their big Brazilian middle, Daniel Mascarenhas, but with the quality and depth of their team it is unlikely they will miss a beat. Ryan Evans will step in to a starting position for VIU and our middles, Doug Waterman, Lorenz Vogel and Dale MacDonell will have to be at the top of their game to keep him guessing.
Both teams have quality right side players in Doug Gronendijk for VIU and Vitor Pereira for the Chargers and Pereira is in top form, coming off a terrific weekend against the College of the Rockies.”
Coach Parkinson adds, “This should be a really entertaining weekend for the fans because there will be huge hits, monster blocks, amazing digs and incredibly dynamic serving. It will probably come down to which team makes the fewest mistakes rather than who can overpower the other. Consistency is the name of the game in volleyball and our goal is to keep our error rate low and our success rate high. We look forward to our home fans providing some inspiration on Friday to help us realize that objective.”
The action starts in Victoria on Friday, with the rematch scheduled for Saturday in Nanaimo.
Fri Nov 23 VIU at CAM Women 6pm; Men 8pm CHARGERS WEBCAST
Sat Nov 24 CAM at VIU Women 5pm; Men 7pm MARINERS WEBCAST