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Camosun VB teams sweep Avs, women remain undefeated

November 19, 2014

Having successfully battled the after-effects of an almost paralyzing two-day bus trip to Cranbrook, the Camosun Chargers volleyball teams swept their series with the College of the Rockies Avalanche on the November 7-8 weekend, adding two matches apiece to their collection of wins.

Hilary Graham FocusThe Chargers women captured two four-set victories against the Avs (Fri: 25-23, 25-22, 17-25, 25-22; Sat: 25-23, 25-14, 17-25, 25-22) and remain undefeated with an all-time best of 8-0. Following last week’s bye, the Chargers hold the number one spot in the PACWEST standings and are ranked 2nd in Canada for the third consecutive week. 

Fifth-year veteran Hilary Graham (Courtenay) posted an outstanding weekend leading the Chargers to victory in both matches against COTR with a total of 41 offensive points. The 5’10” outside hitter notched 35 kills, 5 aces and 1 block. Fourth-year middle Morgan Marshall (Smithers) also racked up the points with an impressive 20 kills, 7 blocks and 2 aces.

“This was a challenging road trip,” states Chargers Women’s Head Coach Chris Dahl. ”Two days of bus travel followed by competition from a much improved and very tough College of the Rockies team. My hat goes off to them … their defense challenged our hitters and was exciting to watch. Hilary Graham and Morgan Marshall put up big numbers offensively, but our youth made great contributions as well. Erika Morris, Kaelyn Parmelee, Megan Beckett and Alex Cloutier put together performances that are key to our victories.”

In men’s action, the Chargers underwent a tough battle in their first match, taking the contest to five before claiming the victory (25-17, 23-25, 20-25, 26-24, 15-12). Camosun cruised past the Avs in three the following day to win 25-21, 25-19, 25-22. The Chargers improve to 5-3 and are fourth in PACWEST standings and #12 in CCAA National rankings.

“The COTR weekend is the toughest one of the year for most teams, primarily because it takes two days to get there and athletes are sitting in a bus for so long,” comments Coach Parkinson. “We were pleased to escape on Friday night with a 5 set win because we were about a half step behind for the whole match. Former Avalanche member Tyler Remenda was very steady both offensively and defensively and received the Player of the Game award. On Saturday we had recovered from our bus-lag and performed at a much higher level, taking COTR in three straight sets. It was a very methodical win and we made far fewer mistakes than Friday. Cam Fennema stood out for the Chargers, but it was Alex Sadowski who dominated the play with kill after kill and an efficiency of .700, his best performance of the year to date.”

Following last week’s bye, the Camosun volleyball teams return to PACWEST competition this weekend with a double-header against the Capilano University Blues in Victoria. Fans will be treated to a hard-hitting battle between #1 and #2 as the Chargers women go up against a 7-1 CapU squad in their fight to remain undefeated.

"Over the past few weeks of PACWEST league play I believe we’re seeing teams start to come into their own,” explains Coach Dahl. “The level of play and the parity in the league is evident in the mixed results and closely contested matches. We’re 8-0 but we’re not in the clear. Capilano brings a different look than we’ve seen from our opposition thus far. Their right side plays a significant role in their offence from the front and the back court. She’ll put up a big block as well. Even though we haven’t faced this in league play, our athletes encounter scenarios similar to this in our training environment daily. For fans of the game I expect this weekend’s matches to be entertaining and tightly contested. This is the way it should be when two teams sitting atop the standings meet."

On the men’s side, the Chargers will be facing a team that is 1-7 and in 7th place.

“CAP finally secured their first win this week in a five-set duel with CBC,” says Coach Parkinson. “Although their record is not great, they are a dangerous team and have been right in the thick of almost all their matches, only losing at the very end. As a result, our match against them will be about our ability to play from the front and to finish when we get the opportunity. The Blues are small on the wings so we need to earn points on our block or at the very least get positive block touches that create transition opportunities for us. Because of their size, they are a very mobile and agile defensive team so we also need to utilize our bigger middles early in the match, which will be a function of solid service reception. On paper and based on our record, we are a better team. The trick will be to translate that to performance on the court and we are confident that in our home gym, with our home fans, we’ll be able to do just that.”

Catch the Chargers as they take on the CapU Blues this weekend at PISE. The Chargers women will be looking to retain their undefeated status!

Friday, Nov. 21                  Camosun vs. Capilano                    Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Saturday, Nov. 22            Camosun vs. Capilano                    Women 1pm; Men 3pm

Watch all matches LIVE on SportsCanadaTV

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

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