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It was a great weekend for the Camosun College Chargers women basketball and volleyball teams as each brought home a doubleheader win from their games on the road to the Mainland.

In volleyball, the Chargers women are 4-7 rolling into the second half of the season with their freshly earned pair of w’s. The Chargers took a five set match (25-20, 17-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-12) against the Douglas College Royals on Friday night before blasting by the Royals 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-22) on Saturday.

“Despite playing a close match on Friday, we were in the driver’s seat most of the weekend earning a high degree of points with big kills and strong serving,” commented Chargers head coach Alison Hitesman. “We worked hard to prevent Douglas from developing any diversity in their attack and forced them to resort to many off-speed attacks which we were soon able to read and counter-attack.”

Fourth-year, right-side player Caitlin Weir (Wellington Secondary) was a consistent force offensively and defensively, as well as on serving while second-year power and offensive standout Tanisha Marcelle (Spectrum) scored a whopping 36 kills over the eight games played on the weekend.

The team also benefitted from the outstanding defensive talents of rookie Kelsey MaKenny (Alberni Secondary) and veteran Laura Ouilette (Lambrick Park). Cortney Fraser (Belmont), Ineke Rhebergen (Bulkley Valley, Smithers) and Jen Swiatlowski (Oak Bay) were instrumental in constructing the Chargers’ offense from the middle, providing setters Kelsey Fletcher (Spectrum) and Brittany Brook (Smithers Secondary) with a variety of options.

“It was quite simply a team effort,” added Coach Hitesman. “The series against Douglas gave us the opportunity to highlight the diversity in our game. Every player gave a high degree of execution and contributed to the weekend’s wins.”

On the men’s side, the Chargers split their weekend against the Royals, maintaining their #4 spot in the BCCAA rankings with a record of 6-5.

On Friday, the Camosun men suffered a four-set loss, falling to the Royals (20-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-20) before coming back and turning the tables on their hosts to win Saturday’s match 3-1 (25-19, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19).

Camosun head coach Charles Parkinson gave praise to second-year returning player Garrett Marcellus (Oak Bay) and third-year Parklands grad Alex Saddlemyer for their outstanding performances. While Mr. Marcellus put up a total of 28 kills and 23 digs on his return to the BCCAA stage, teammate Alex Saddlemyer managed to rack up 30 kills, 8 blocks, 3 aces and 6 digs over the weekend, despite sitting out the better part of a set with an injury on Saturday.

“Although away from the league for a year and a half, Garrett has added a new dimension to the Chargers’ line-up that will surely have the competition modifying their game plans from here on in,” remarked Coach Parkinson. “As for Alex … he continues to show he is one of the dominant players in the league this year.”

In basketball action, the Chargers women moved up two spots to #2 in the BCCAA standings with a double victory against the Langara College Falcons, giving Camosun a 7-2 record.

Notwithstanding, the 0-9 Falcons were not expected to post a real threat to the Chargers who defeated the win-less team by a mere seven points on Friday night (59-53). On Saturday, the Chargers managed to widen the spread on the scoreboard, winning by 20 (67-47) but Camosun head coach Brett Westcott was not satisfied.

"We were really bad in most areas of the game,” commented Coach Westcott. “We cannot afford a lack-lustre effort at this time of the year if we hope to contend for playoffs. This past weekend was a disappointment.”

While the Chargers women chalked up their first two wins of the New Year, it was not the same story for the men. Despite a hard fought effort, the Camosun men fell to the Falcons in both weekend games 81-58 and 70-57.

Up next for the Chargers

In hoop action this weekend, the Chargers take on the UNBC Timberwolves from Prince George.

For the women, this weekend’s matchup against UNBC is a repeat of the previous two Provincial Championship games in which the two teams split the spoils, with UNBC winning in 2008 (71-54) and Camosun taking the title (77-61) in 2009.

“We will certainly have to play better if we hope to compete with UNBC,” said Coach Westcott. “They are experienced and will be well-prepared so we need to be as well or another performance like this past weekend will see us handed two losses."

Basketball fans will not want to miss this rivalry rematch. Catch this weekend’s games at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (4371 Interurban Road):

  • Fri, Jan. 15 Women at 6pm; Men at 8pm
  • Sat, Jan. 16 Women at 1pm; Men at 3pm

Following a bye weekend, the Chargers volleyball teams travel to Abbotsford January 23 and 24 where they are set to face the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades.


Bonita Joe
Camosun College Chargers Athletics

Last updated: September 23, 2015 5:17 pm

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