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Chargers women's volleyball bow to Blues

Media Release
Release date: November 25, 2015

It was a tough weekend for the Camosun College Chargers women’s volleyball team who suffered a pair of losses in their road trip series against the Capilano University Blues in North Vancouver, November 20 and 21. At 7-3, the Chargers slide from their previous #1 PACWEST standing to sit third in the conference and eighth nationally.

Camosun came out blasting on Friday, winning a decisive first set before the hosting Blues took control of the match to emerge with the victory in four (16-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-13). On Saturday, the two teams went the distance and despite putting forth another big fight, the Chargers ultimately fell in five (29-27, 25-17, 24-26, 21-25, 15-8).

Third-year outside hitter Michelle Zygmunt (Abbotsford) led the Chargers with a weekend total of 35 points and 25 digs. Zygmunt is currently the conference’s top kill maker with 127 kills over 37 sets of play. In Saturday’s match, Charger Mychaela Roelants from Comox (third-year libero) produced an incredible 30 digs against CAP; she is third in the league with 145 digs over 43 sets.

"Our athletes clearly prepared themselves well and came out of the gates ready to go on Friday," comments Camosun Head Coach Chris Dahl. "We deserved to win the first set but we lost our fight as the night went along. Capilano is not a team you can afford to do that against and as the night progressed, they simply took over."

Coach Dahl added, “We've managed to win a lot of matches to this stage of the season and although we're learning and improving, the rate of improvement can be increased. We're just failing to execute at a high level with consistency at this stage of the season. As we near the halfway mark we have enough evidence to support a need for greater attention to detail and execution in a variety of situations in the game. On the flip side, we also know that the talent level on our roster should provide us with the competitive opportunities we seek... those being competing for a PACWEST and CCAA Championship.”

With one more week of competition before the break, the Chargers are preparing for the opportunity to take down their next opponents, the College of the Rockies Avalanche (#6) who will be making the long journey to the Island from Cranbrook.

Charger Mychaela Roelants racked up an incredible 30 digs in the battle against Capilano Sat, Nov. 21

“After returning the heart of their roster from last year's break-through season I expected the College of the Rockies to come out of the gates quickly in 2015,” says Coach Dahl. “They do have the daunting task of managing the league’s longest road trips so I'm convinced that their lack of early season success in the standings isn't indicative of their quality of play. The Avalanche are led by a veteran leftside, size through the middle and a backcourt that is relentless in their pursuit of the ball. After a weekend where our wing inefficiencies were tested, the Avalanche will prove a worthy opponent to measure any gains we've made in our game over the course of the week.”

Catch the Chargers and Avs this Saturday and Sunday at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence.

Saturday November 28 Women: 6pm Men: 8pm
Sunday November 29 Women: 11am Men: 1pm
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