Chargers' Championships set to inspire volleyball devotees
February 22, 2010
While the world is watching the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, a vast number of volleyball coaches, players and fans from across the country will have their attention focused on the BCCAA Provincial Volleyball Championships – this year, hosted by Camosun College in Victoria, February 25-27.
While the 10 visiting BCCAA men’s and women’s teams will be converging to compete with only one goal in mind, Camosun has the added honor of hosting the Championships for the very first time since moving into their permanent home in the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence located on the College’s Interurban campus. And to Chargers head coach Charles Parkinson, hosting the event means even more.
“Hosting this major event gives us a great opportunity to showcase our sport to young athletes who hear nothing but basketball and to let them know that they have options,” he stated. “It is equally great for the volleyball community to watch and get inspired by some of the best athletes and best volleyball action that they have seen in Victoria in a long time. Athletes and the public will see that Camosun is now a viable option for young people with high performance volleyball dreams in spite of the fact that a major institution like UVIC dropped volleyball as one of its sports.”
With four of their five competitors finishing the season nationally ranked, the Chargers men face a tough challenge as they defend their BCCAA Championship title. Regardless, Coach Parkinson believes the team will peak at the right time.
“There are no easy teams in the Championships this year and it will be very difficult to call it an upset, no matter who wins the title,” he commented. “We are keeping our errors very low right now and our defense and offense is amongst the best in the league. The guys have been playing very well and I have a sense they are ready to play their best volleyball of the season.”
Continuing to dominate the offensive statistics is third-year right side, Alex Saddlemyer (Parklands). Second-year student-athlete Josh Coutts ended the season as the top libero in the league, a position he defended for seven consecutive weeks leading up to the postseason. Oak Bay grad Garrett Marcellus joined the roster in January and has quickly stepped up the level of his play, bringing size, kill power and blocking to the outside. Rookie Eric Riedstra (Pacific Christian) is another athlete that has improved significantly, earning a starting role in the middle and generating buzz from the bench that he will have a break out tournament.
The Chargers men hit the court on opening night at 8:00pm against the Columbia Bible College Bearcats with whom Camosun split earlier in the season, losing 3-1 on the first night and then winning 3-0 the next.
“I think this sets things up so that it will be a great match, remarked Coach Parkinson. “The winner will go on to play UBCO, a team that we lost to in the first match of the season in a very, very tight match and that we would be very excited to get another crack at.”
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