Camosun turbo-charged for Island Rivalry weekend
Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence February 5 & 6.
Feb 1, 2009
- Fri, Feb. 5 Basketball Women at 6pm; Men at 8pm
- Sat, Feb. 6 Volleyball Women at 6pm; Men at 7:45pm
In the first leg of the series, Camosun conceded to the Mariners in Nanaimo (November 20-21) three games to one. VIU took both volleyball matches, sailing away with a 3-1 win for the women and a 3-0 win for the men. In basketball action, the Camosun men were hammered by VIU who cruised to a 90-52 victory. Putting up the single win for Camosun were the Chargers women who outscored the Lady M’s 60-49, denying VIU of a perfect weekend.
The second and deciding chapter of this year’s Rivalry takes place in Victoria at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence February 5 & 6.
Following a bye weekend, the Chargers basketball teams are eager to hit the hardwood. Despite the women’s win over VIU in the first half of the season and the home court advantage, Chargers head coach Brett Westcott is approaching this weekend’s game with caution.
“Anytime we play VIU it is a big game for both teams,” said Coach Westcott. “They have the best starting five players in our league. They are big and athletic and they present all kinds of matchup problems. We may have snuck up on them last time, but we will need to play well at both ends of the court if we hope to stay close.”
Coming in as the underdogs, the Chargers men will have their hands full taking on the Mariners who are the number one team in the country.
“We will have to play extremely disciplined and determined to make this a competitive and exciting game,” stated Chargers men’s basketball head coach Craig Price. “VIU is number one in the country for a reason—they have maturity, experience and toughness and they are confident and disciplined within their system.”
While winning may be a long shot, Coach Price knows what it will take to keep pace with the Mariners and trusts that his team will step up to the challenge of playing one of the best college teams in the country.
A candid Coach Price remarked, “I think the team is very disappointed in their performance this year. VIU is just one part of that. We don't feel like we have played them very tough to date, but we have a great opportunity to change that this weekend.”
“We will have to defend extremely well, match their physical nature and make open shots,” he explained. “One of the ways many teams are causing us problems is full court pressure and ball pressure in general. Cutting and taking care of the ball will be absolutely KEY for us to be competitive. Mentally and emotionally we will need to focus on attacking them and working hard for the entire game.”
The match up against VIU marks the final league matches of the season for the Camosun volleyball teams prior to the Provincial Championships (which Camosun will host February 25-27). And following their back to back wins this past weekend, the Chargers men and women are raring to go.
“VIU is a big hitting team and an experienced team,” commented Chargers head coach Alison Hitesman from the women’s program. “We will need to match their hitting with decent blocking and defense but as demonstrated this past weekend, we have lots of combinations and tools to find a win. I’m very optimistic … this match will be an exciting one!”
On the men’s side, Camosun head coach Charles Parkinson is feeling poised and confident. “VIU has had a very good season,” he remarked. “When we played them early on, they were unstoppable. But they haven’t really performed to that level since. In contrast, we’ve been getting steadily better and certainly more consistent. We will match up well against them and have a great opportunity to win. This is going to be a very exciting match … our guys want redemption!”
Don’t miss the action this weekend as the Chargers dig in with all fours to take on the Mariners on home ground!
All games at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (map).
Last updated: September 23, 2015 5:17 pm