Defending volleyball title proves tough for Belmont grads and Chargers

Camosun men place fifth at national volleyball championships

The defending national champion and 2016 PacWest provincial champion Camosun Chargers men’s volleyball team completed another successful season, finishing fifth at the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association national volleyball championships earlier this month.

The Chargers, with former Belmont Bulldogs Alex Sadowski and Doug Waterman playing in the middle,  defeated the Mohawk College Mountaineers 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-20) to open the tourney. But they fell 3-2 (25-18, 19-25, 19-25, 26-24, 15-11) in a drawn-out semifinal to the Red Deer Kings.

“Taking care of Mohawk in straight sets was gratifying and playing a terrific match against Red Deer College, which was according to the players, officials and fans ‘the match of the tournament’, showed how far we have come as a team,” said Chargers coach Charles Parkinson.

Camosun wound up losing to the Douglas College Royals in the bronze medal game, a rematch of the 2016 PacWest provincial final won by Camosun in five sets.

Chargers setter Vitor Macedo was named a First Team Championship All-Star and Savana Walkingbear earned a Second Team All-Star at nationals.