Chargers men’s volleyball team rallies forward following rough opening weekend
Release date: January 9, 2019
It was a rough opening weekend for the Camosun Chargers Men’s Volleyball team who fell in back-to-back five-set battles against the Douglas College Royals in New Westminster.
With a record of 10-4 after eight weeks of competition, the Chargers make a slight dip to #2 in the PACWEST standings and a #7 CCAA national ranking. The Royals take the conference’s top spot whilst ending Camosun’s eight-match winning streak.
"It's always a challenge playing difficult matches after a break, but the reality is the same for both teams and last weekend Douglas College was tougher when it counted, the fifth set,” asserts Chargers Head Coach Charles Parkinson. “Part of this was perhaps home court advantage and the home crowd, but a lot of it was consistency of execution under pressure, which is something we have to get better at. It takes a lot of courage to play without nerves in the late stages of tight games and learning to play to win rather than not to make mistakes is a process. If there's any upside to our losses it's that we learned a great deal about ourselves and there are a few adjustments we will make to help our athletes to be successful. It was also a reminder to everyone that getting to the number one position in the league is a lot easier than keeping it.”
The Chargers were led once again by Camosun’s Brazilian duo, third-year right side hitter Vitor Pereira (BBA) who had a weekend total of 26 offensive points and 9 digs, and second-year left side hitter Eduardo Bida (Exercise & Wellness) who totalled 25 points and 15 digs.
Pereira continues to dominate the league in kills and is number one in the PACWEST conference for the seventh consecutive week with 3.50 kills per set. He is also #2 in Total Offensive Stats (TOS) with 4.07 points/set, #7 in serving aces (0.50/S) and #6 in digs with 1.81/S.
Bida has risen to the top spot in service aces with 0.61 per set. He is #6 in kills with 2.80/S, #6 in TOS (3.61/S) and #3 in digs with 1.94 per set.
Five additional Chargers begin the second half of the season on the PACWEST’s Top 15 list and they include:
|Graham Basi||#15 in Blocks (0.28/S)|
|Carter Karpenko||#2 in Digs (2.28/S)|
|Mack Mravnik||#9 in Blocks (0.34/S)|
|Lorenz Vogel||#10 in Blocks (0.34/S)|
|Douglass Waterman||#6 in Blocks (0.37/S)|
Find the complete list of Top 15 Performers on the PACWEST website.
Having tackled their opening weekend against the now top-seeded Royals, the Chargers face two more weekends on the road before hosting their first home matches on January 25 & 26. This weekend, the Chargers travel to Abbotsford to take on the UFV Cascades and on the following weekend, the team meets up with the #3 Capilano University Blues in North Vancouver.
“Starting the second half with six matches on the road against tough opponents is difficult and we have to pay as much attention to our hydration, nutrition and sleep patterns as we do to our technical and tactical performance,” states Coach Parkinson. “Trying to keep injury and sickness free during the winter flu season is a challenge for every team but is critically important. We have considered this in our seasonal plan and will continue to work through our developmental process as match by match we move towards our peak in six weeks."
While the Cascades have managed to capture only one win so far in the season, Coach Parkinson is certain that the Chargers will be in for another big battle.
“UFV doesn’t have a great record this season, but their results are actually very deceptive because they have had a series of injuries and as a result not many teams have faced their true starting line-up,” he explains. “I suspect we will be one of the first as they are coming off a bye last weekend and no doubt studied our match with Douglas carefully. They will also have home court advantage and their crowd is generally very loud and boisterous. Their wings are quite effective, particularly Friesen, and they run a very fast offense with a mature and experienced setter. As a result we will have to be much quicker into position than we were last weekend and improve our consistency so that we don't give away points in bunches.”
Fans can catch the matches on the UFV Cascades’ LIVE WEBCAST.
Fri, Jan 11• CAM at UFV • Women @ 6pm; Men @ 8pm
Sat, Jan 12•CAM at UFV•Women @ 1pm; Men @ 3pm
Head Coach, Camosun Chargers Men's Volleyball
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