Men's Volleyball BIG wins !!

November 6th, 2011

VIU wins both men's volleyball matches at UFV.

Comments by Head Coach Abe Avender

After receiving the number 1 National Ranking early in the week our team entered the weekend with UFV with a bigger target on their backs. Everyone loves to beat the Best! We started the match on Friday Night with some of the best volleyball we have played of the entire season. We took the first 2 games with authority. Dominating the play and making very few errors. It was rewarding to see how well the team played during those first 2 games. Then we got a taste of the infamous UFV scrambling and great defence in the 3rd game. We built a 18-11 lead in the 3rd and then watched it slip away to lose the 3rd. The momentum swung hugely in the favour of the Cascades in the fourth as they beat us to send it to 5. In the 5th we looked like deer in headlights as we spotted them a 5-0 lead. We called time-out and focused on settling down and not trying to win the game in one play. As play started after the time out, the Mariners of the first to games showed up just in time. We battled hard to win the side change at 8-7 and then won some key points to take a commanding lead late in the 5th set. We won the game 15-12. From a coaches point of few, if was great to see the pride and resiliency we have this year to fight back and win the match.  
In the second match of the weekend, the guys came into the gym with a fresh mindset and the killer instinct that we try to instil in them. Right from the start of the match the Mariner Men dictated the match and won convincingly 3-0.
We had a great weekend with contributions from everyone on the team. Milo Warren, Rylan Brouwer, and Nigel Proch had excellent offensive weekend from the outside, Lee Hamilton and Chris Harris were very solid in the middle and Brett Weninger lead a strong offensive attack on both days. Joe Holder continued to make numerous digs and was very strong in serve receive. We had excellent contributions from the entire group both on and off the court this weekend. A positive constructive attitude from the bench has helped whom ever is on the court to perform to their full potential. Having this support from the bench made a huge difference during tight moments this weekend. Great job Dawg Pound! 
This years Men's Mariner Volleyball team is coming together very well and all their hard work and dedication to this season's new look, new focus, and new attitude is begining to pay dividends. We will continue to strive to be the hardest working and most motivated teams in the country. We still have a lot to work on, but it is exciting to see some success already and this number 1 CCAA ranking will push the guys to keep it. If we continue to learn, work hard and remain as dedicated as we have been, I am excited to see where this group will end up.