Chargers volleyball teams are keen to finish first half of the season battling the Blues
Release date: November 23, 2016
The opening half of the PACWEST volleyball season has been a fast and furious one for the Chargers men’s and women’s volleyball teams who play their final weekend of Fall 2016 matches this Friday and Saturday against the Capilano University Blues in Victoria.
“Over the course of the first five weeks of league play we've learned a lot about ourselves in the competitive arena,” reports Chargers Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Chris Dahl whose squad currently sits 5-5 in league play. “We've split every weekend of PACWEST competition so far and not to be lost in those results is the fact that we've beaten everyone we've played. There are only a select few teams in the conference that can stake that claim. It's a glass half full vs half empty situation.”
Currently ranked #13 nationally, the Chargers women are geared to make a climb into the Top 8 over the second half as Camosun hosts Canada’s best at the 2017 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship, March 8-11.
“There have been successes that should serve to inspire, and failures that have the ability to motivate,” comments Coach Dahl. “Where we go from here continues to be dependent on our response to the various situations we've encountered.”
In men’s action, Head Coach Charles Parkinson admits that the first half has been a challenging one for the Chargers who are third in the PACWEST and ranked #12 nationally.
“We were bitten by the injury bug early and have rarely been able to field a full squad in any of our matches. Nevertheless, we have shown moments of brilliance, but these have been punctuated by periods of inconsistency and error. We're working hard to improve what happens on our side of the net, from first contacts to blocking, transition and counter-attack and are definitely showing signs of improvement. There have been very few sets this season that we couldn't have won and one of the key thing we are learning is how to push through the finish line rather than just up to it.”
This weekend, both Chargers teams face a tough battle against the visiting Capilano University Blues who are poised for the challenge and equally as eager to end the first half with a pair of victories.
“Capilano is a great match up for the final weekend of the first semester,” says Coach Dahl of the Blues who sit one spot above the Charges women in the national rankings. “They're a strong team and their starting lineup is the most experienced in the league. We couldn't ask for a greater opponent to wrap up the semester.”
Although not nationally ranked on the men’s side, the Blues who are 4-5, are making steady improvements to their game and have fast become a force to be reckoned with.
“Capilano had a slow start to the season but have really improved as evidenced by their split against the PACWEST league leading VIU Mariners,” comments Coach Parkinson. “On the first night the Blues won in five sets and then lost in five the next afternoon, which speaks volumes to their fitness and skill levels, as well as their execution. They are a team that plays with passion and although not a tall group they make up for it with great positioning and solid fundamentals. Our block will have to come alive if we hope to be successful. Serving and defense have been really solid for the Chargers to date, but we need to score points either directly on the block or through positive block touches. If we can do this we are confident that we can beat any team in the league. We'd like to kick it off with a couple of wins against CAP.”
Catch the Chargers as the teams close out the first half of the PACWEST season this Friday and Saturday at PISE!
|Friday, Nov 25||Camosun Chargers host Capilano Blues||Women 6pm; Men 8pm|
|Saturday, Nov 26||Camosun Chargers host Capilano Blues||Women 1pm; Men 3pm|
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Camosun Chargers Women’s Volleyball
Camosun Chargers Men’s Volleyball
Photo courtesy Camosun College Chargers Athletics