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Chargers WVB post first losses while men sweep and advance to #3

November 26, 2014

The Camosun College Chargers volleyball teams split their weekend series against the Capilano Blues on November 21st and 22nd with the women collecting their first pair of losses and the men producing a sweep to advance to #3 in the PACWEST standings.

Alex Sadowski at the NetIn women’s action, it was a battle between the conference’s #1 and #2 as the Chargers went the distance to defend their squeaky clean 8-0 record against the 7-1 CapU Blues.

On Friday, the Chargers fought through a tough five-set battle before their opponents were able to strip away their undefeated status (CAP 3-2 CAM: 22-25, 16-25, 25-23, 25-22, 16-14), which left the two teams tied at 8-1 apiece. First-year outside hitter Megan Beckett (Reynolds) led the Chargers with 14 kills. Second-year outside hitter Erika Morris from Prince George had 13 kills and 3 blocks.

On Saturday, the PACWEST’s Top 2 women’s volleyball teams went to another grueling five-setter with the Blues coming out on top to sweep the weekend (CAP 3-2 CAM: 25-19, 25-22, 18-25, 21-25, 15-7). Third-year outside hitter Kathryn Fetting (Lethbridge, AB) was Camosun’s leader with 15 kills, 3 aces and 2 blocks. Fifth-year libero Mariah Holmstrom (Campbell River) gave a star performance posting an outstanding 39 digs over 2 days! Camosun slides to #2 with a record of 8-2 while Capilano moves into 1st place at 9-1.

"This past weekend was a battle of the top two teams in the PACWEST standings and it comes as no surprise that on both days our matches went the full five sets,” states Chargers Women’s Head Coach Chris Dahl. “Our play was consistently lacking over the weekend. From start to finish it was far from our most focused and best effort. We were brilliant for a few moments, but for whatever reason… we just didn’t have it. When you get into a fifth set against an up and down team such as our opposition this past weekend it’s a nervous place to be. We need to do a better job of controlling our own destiny in matches like that. We have the talent to do this. As much as our record going into the weekend was 8-0, we’re still training and learning to win."

While the women suffered two losses, the Chargers men cranked out two four-set wins over the Blues (Fri: 25-18, 24-26, 25-19, 25-14 and Sat: 25-16. 25-18, 21-25, 25-18), improving their record to 7-3. Fourth-year middle Alex Sadowski (Belmont) was a dominating factor in the Chargers’ success, amassing a total of 41 points including 24 kills, 4 aces and 13 blocks.

“This weekend’s matches against Capilano were as difficult as I had imagined they would be,” comments Chargers Men’s Head Coach Charles Parkinson. “Although CAP is small, they play hard from start to finish and are one of the best defensive teams in the league. Indeed, one of our rallies lasted almost 55 seconds which is astounding when you think the average rally in men’s volleyball is 6 seconds. We stayed calm throughout the contest, though, and eventually our serving and blocking wore the Blues down and they committed unforced errors that allowed us to push ahead when it counted.”

Next up, the Chargers hit the road to take on the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades in their final matches before the conclusion of the first half of the PACWEST season. Each match promises to be a close contest as both Cascades teams sit on the heels of the Chargers in the PACWEST standings and all four teams are nationally ranked (Women: CAM #7; UFV #9. Men: CAM #12; UFV #14).

“We face another first class opponent this weekend,” says Coach Dahl. ”UFV has split matches with VIU, Capilano and Douglas so far and currently sit just behind us in the standings. We’re starting to realize that we’re going to get everyone’s best game. To be honest, it’s a privilege and something that we can take advantage of to accelerate our growth.”

Head Coach Charles Parkinson and the Camosun men find themselves in a similar situation, “This is an important weekend for us, not just because it is the last weekend of league play, but because UFV sits just behind us in the standings and are convinced they can beat us in their home gym. We need to send a clear message through our play that we are the better team and the way we do that is through our execution. Offensively and defensively we have shown that we are as good as any team in the league so now it is time to prove that we are a formidable serve and block team as well. Our game plan has to be solid because they are a talented group and are capable of great play as we saw when they knocked off #1 Douglas just two weeks ago.  Once again we are looking forward to a great battle and are confident that our level of play will continue to rise.”

 Catch the Chargers in their final matches of 2014 against the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades this weekend:

Friday, Nov. 28                    Camosun at UFV                 Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Saturday, Nov. 29               Camosun at UFV                 Women 1pm; Men 3pm

Watch these matches LIVE on SportsCanadaTV

Find official results, standings, individual leaders and more on the PACWEST website.

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