Oak Bay brothers at opposite ends of Chargers volleyball team

Born five years apart, brothers Garrett and Ryan Marcellus are enjoying a rare opportunity as teammates on the Camosun Chargers

Camosun College Chargers Claire Ash

Born five years apart, brothers Garrett and Ryan Marcellus are enjoying a rare opportunity as teammates on the Camosun Chargers men’s volleyball team.

Because of their age difference, Oak Bay High grads Ryan and Garrett only recently had the opportunity to play together for the first time. Officially, it was in Victoria’s summer league, played on grass. But this fall is a new experience altogether, said Ryan, who made his PacWest debut against the Vancouver Island Mariners on Oct. 12. The Chargers swept that match in three straight sets.

“So far it’s a lot faster and more size oriented,” said Ryan, 18, “and it’s been great having my brother on the team.”

Ryan, a 6-foot-2 setter, is one of three Chargers rookies this season, with 6-foot-7 middle Lachlan Polson of Claremont secondary and 6-foot-4 right side Lucas Dellabough from Lambrick Park.

Big brother Garrett, 23, is a model statesman, not just for Ryan, but for the team.

Currently, Garrett’s using his 6-foot-4 frame on the left side, but he’s rotated through every position with the Chargers during his five seasons, and how. He was a second team PacWest all-star last year, was part of the Chargers back-to-back provincial championships in 2009 and 2010, and is currently among the team leaders in kills, aces and digs.

“This is an extremely committed team. Winning the past four straight is a huge confidence boost to go into the break,” said Garrett, who is tidying up his accounting degree. “Even when times are tough, we don’t get down, it shows our character.”

That was evident when the Chargers started the season slow, at 4-4.

“We had a little trouble winning the (second match) of the weekend until recently. We’d win on Friday, but lose on Saturday. But it seems we’ve got over that hump,” Garrett said.

Marcellus Bros.

The Chargers are coming off with a fourth straight win on Sunday, beating Cranbrook’s College of the Rockies Avalanche 3-1 at the Pacific Institute of Sports Excellence, to take a record of 8-4 into the mid-season break.

“Chargers coach Charles Parkinson has a knack for setting his teams up to peak at the right time,” said Garrett, at PISE on Sunday.

The well-lit court has housed the Chargers the past three years, making a distant memory of the Chargers former home, the gym of St. Margaret’s School, where Garrett played his rookie season in 2007-08.

Like Ryan, who helped the Oak Bay Barbers to the 2012 B.C. title, Garrett also joined the Chargers straight from a provincial championship with the Barbers (2006).

“It’s been a long career and I’m happy to be able to finish with my brother on the team,” Garrett said.

Chargers stop Avalanche

Fifth-year rightside Andy Inglis scored 23 kills, three aces and seven digs on Sunday in the Chargers 3-1 win over the Avalanche, and Garrett Marcellus had eight kills, an ace, and 10 digs. Garrett had 10 kills on Saturday as the Chargers won in three sets over the Avalanche, 25-11, 25-13 and 25-10.

The Chargers women (5-7) also won both games over the Avalanche on the weekend.

Third-year leftside Hilary Graham and second-year rightside Olivia Redden led the Chargers with 14 offensive points each on Sunday. Redden led the Chargers with 15 points on Sunday. Second-year libero Kelsey Johnson had a monstrous match with 21 digs.

PacWest volleyball season restarts on Jan. 4 when the Chargers visit the Douglas Royals in New Westminster.

 

Just Posted

Cycslists were all smiles during ninth Tour de Victoria

More than 2,100 cyclists participated

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after Const. Beckett’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Police investigating incident in Saanich neighbourhood

Neighbours tell Black Press Media that a body has been found, but police remain tight-lipped.

Langford lizard sighting excites Victoria museum curator

Curator of vertebrate zoology/knowledge explains the spread of the Wall lizard in the region

Colwood man takes on Ride to Conquer Cancer for 11th year in a row

Team Finn has raised almost $3 million for BC Cancer Foundation

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Toronto activist calling on federal parties to nominate more black candidates

Fewer than 20 black Canadians have been nominated so far, including some Liberal MPs seeking re-election

Most Read