Chargers volleyball playoff bound

The Camosun Chargers women's volleyball team is going to the PacWest playoffs and the men's team hopes to join them

Hilary Graham of the Camosun Chargers reels after spiking a ball during a PacWest volleyball game at the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence. Graham was last week’s PacWest player of the week.

Playoffs don’t come easy, and despite dropping their final two home games of the season, the Camosun Chargers women’s volleyball team are in the post-season.

The University of Fraser Valley Cascades defeated the Chargers by a score of 3-2 on Saturday and Sunday at the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence.

The Chargers have already qualified for the playoffs, which are Feb. 23 to 25 at Douglas College in New Westminster.

This weekend the Chargers (8-13) close out the regular season against the first-place Vancouver Island Mariners (20-2) in Nanaimo. Win or lose, the Chargers are locked into fifth spot, though the Island rivalry will be a good test for both teams as they ready for provincials.

From a recent spate of injuries came a bright light, with Hilary Graham switching out of position and being named volleyball player of the week for the PacWest conference.

Against the Douglas College Royals on Feb. 3 and 4, Graham, played the left and right sides and contributed with 45 kills, eight serving aces and one block, a total of 54 points.

The Chargers men’s volleyball team, meanwhile, is still in danger of losing out on the sixth and final playoff spot in the PacWest standings.

It’s a big test for the Chargers, who likely need at least one win agianst the No. 1 ranked V.I.U. Mariners. But it was only the season before last that the Chargers won provincials as the fifth place team in the standings.

 

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