Coming off a split in their home court matches against the nation’s previously No. 1 ranked team, the Camosun Chargers men’s volleyball team are on the road this weekend facing the Capilano College Blues in North Vancouver.
The Chargers, who have four Belmont secondary alumni on the roster, sit third in the PacWest standings with a 12-6 match record, two points back of second-place Vancouver Island University Mariners and six back of Douglas College, their opponent at PISE in Saanich last weekend.
Camosun, who sit 13th in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association rankings, handed the Royals just their third match loss of the season last Saturday. The 3-1 victory (25-23, 25-18, 22-25, 26-24) knocked Douglas from top spot in the country to No. 2 behind Red Deer College. The Chargers were led offensively on the night with a 22-kill performance from Pacific Christian grad, leftside Cam Fennema.
The hard-fought victory was the second straight close match between the squads. Douglas won 3-1 the night before, winning each of its games by a slim margin (25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 28-26).
Former Belmont Bulldogs Alex Sadowski (middle), Douglas Waterman (middle), Mark Severinsen (leftside) and Taran Silas (leftside) and the rest of the Chargers have three more weekends of play left before the PacWest championships begin. Camosun hosts the provincial men’s and women’s tournaments Feb. 26 to 28 at PISE.
Individually, Sadowski sits seventh in the PacWest for total offensive points (kills, blocks, aces and digs) with 3.61 per game. He’s third in blocks with 1.11 per game and leads his team in aces with .27 per game.
Meanwhile, the women’s Chargers, with ex-Bulldog Jamie Rodstrom at libero, hold down top spot in the PacWest at 16-2, four ahead of second-place Capilano, who Camosun takes on in a key head-to-head weekend tonight and tomorrow in North Van. The Chargers were rated third in the country in this week’s CCAA rankings, after sweeping the Douglas Royals 3-0, 3-0 last weekend at PISE.