Camosun sweeps CAP; Sadowski captures 3rd PACWEST AOW
February 11, 2015
The Charger’s February 6-7 road trip to North Vancouver proved to be a successful one with both teams sweeping the weekend against their hosts, the Capilano Blues. Following the weekend, veteran Charger and Camosun Engineering student Alex Sadowski (Belmont) was named PACWEST Men's Volleyball Athlete of the Week. Over his four years with the Chargers, the 6’7” middle has amassed a number of awards; he is a two-time CCAA National Scholar Athlete and Academic All-Canadian, a two-time PACWEST First-Team All-Star and Academic Excellence recipient, Rookie of the Year and, three-time Men’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week.
Over the weekend, Alex was instrumental in leading the Chargers to two tough four-set victories against the Capilano University Blues (Fri: 21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-19; Sat: 22-25, 25-19, 25-12, 25-19).
“Capilano served lights out, dug some fantastic hits from our attackers and played with the resolve of a team fighting for a spot in the post-season,” states Chargers Men’s Volleyball Head Coach Charles Parkinson. “I’m very proud of the way our guys responded to the challenge by raising the level of their play. As he has done all season, Alex Sadowski was a tower of strength and steadiness in the middle for the Chargers and his speed, size, and blocking presence made the hitters question their shots. He scored 32 points on the weekend, including 19 kills, 8 blocks and five aces. Although his numbers alone are worthy of Athlete of the Week consideration, his aces don’t reflect his many other serves that put the Blues on their heels and forced them to give up easy over-passes, and his eight blocks don’t reflect his contributions that allowed Camosun to attack in transition. Alex is one of the premiere players in the PACWEST and continues to show it consistently with his stellar performances.”
The Chargers men advance to #2 in the PACWEST standings with 14 wins and 6 losses. This week, Camosun hosts College of the Rockies Avalanche who sit 6th with a record of 5-15.
“COTR is another team fighting to stay alive in the post-season,” comments Coach Parkinson. “This weekend’s matches are their last and they are coming off two upset victories over the UFV Cascades at home which should give them confidence that they are rounding into form at the right time. Curtis Stockton is their primary weapon and has really picked up his productivity since Christmas. The big lefty is always one of the top point scorers in the league and has the ability to put his team on his back and carry them to success. We don’t expect to completely shut down a player of his quality, but if we can neutralize his effectiveness we have more weapons than they do and more ways to score. We should be able to hurt them in this regard and as long as our first contacts remain solid we are confident that the energy of our home crowd will give us the boost we need to be successful.”
In women’s action, the Chargers tapped their eighth consecutive straight-set win against the conferences’ #2 team to put a strong-hold on 1st place in the standings and move up to #2 in the National Rankings with 18 wins and 2 losses.
“The Capilano weekend was a match-up between the top two teams in the PACWEST,” says Chargers Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Chris Dahl. “Our athletes prepared themselves well, Jasmine Strandlund (Lambrick Park) and Savannah Guttman (Dauphin, MB) carried the load from the setter position this weekend in the absence of fifth-year veteran Erika Sheen. Both are in their first year and in a key match- up were able to deliver an offence that pressured the opposition and enabled our attackers to score with great efficiency.”
With a record of 11-9 and sitting in fifth, this weekend’s visiting Avalanche squad is a team on the move, having shot up the PACWEST standings with big wins against Capilano (#2), VIU (#3), and most recently a sweep of UFV (#4).
“The Avalanche should be feeling confident in their play of late and for a team that uses emotion as one of their drivers on the court, that’s a dangerous combination,” comments Coach Dahl. “We’ve secured first place in the standings heading into playoffs. That’s a major step in our journey, but as stated earlier, it shouldn’t change what we do. We have the opportunity to measure our ongoing progress over these final four league matches against quality opponents. All in the name of preparation for the PACWEST Championships at PISE. With three of those four matches taking place in our home facility we’re looking forward to the weeks to come.”
Catch the Chargers as they make their push for the playoffs this weekend at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence.
Sat, Feb. 14 Camosun hosts COTR Women 4pm; Men 6pm
Sun, Feb. 15 Camosun hosts COTR Women 10am; Men 12noon
Find official results, standings, individual leaders and more on the PACWEST website.