Volleyball Provincials

February 19th, 2012

VIU will be seeded #1 in  the women's and men's draw at the 2012 PACWEST Provincial Championships. Our women went 22-2 and men 20-4 in league play, therefore getting a first round bye to the semi's.

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Last weekends Island Rivalry saw a clean sweep of Camosun.

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Senior Athletes Tamara Rosenlund, Nigel Proch, Milo Warren, Brett Weninger and Chris Harris were recoginzed for their contribution to the program.

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Milo Warren takes 1st place as the league leader in kills for the regular season while team mate Nigel Proch was the best in Aces with Milo close behind in second.

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Read even more on VIU Women's Volleyball in the NNB

 

Win for the Bearcats would give Mariners best chance at nationals
 
Josh Aldrich
Daily News

 

This week there may be no bigger set of fans of the Columbia Bible College Bearcats men's volleyball team than the Vancouver Island University Mariners.

It comes down to a simple equation for the Pacific Western Athletic Association championships this weekend at Douglas College in New Westminster. If there are no first round upsets, the Bearcats will play the No. 2 seed and host Royals in the semifinals. No. 3 CBC is hosting the Canadian Colleges Athletic Conference Championships, so they have a bye to the tournament, meaning if VIU plays the Bearcats in the final, they are guaranteed a spot in the national championship. If the Royals win, VIU would have to play the only team that beat them this year - and beat them twice - to win PacWest gold to give the likes of Milo Warren and Nigel Proch a chance to go out on top as national champs.

This is all assuming the top seeded Mariners who have a bye to the other semifinal can take care of business on Friday and beat the winner of Thursday's match between the Camosun Chargers and Capilano Blues, two teams VIU was a combined 8-0 against this season.

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"I'm really excited, I can't wait," said head coach Abe Avender. "Both CBC and Douglas are strong teams.

"Douglas is a bit like us, there's a good mix of vets and rookies, they're defensive specialists, their leader is a solid player as well, they're strong, that's why they split with us both times this year."

If anything VIU will be heading into the post-season on a high after sweeping through rival Camosun on the weekend in their home finale.

They have waited all season for now.

The Mariners rolled all season through their regular season schedule, their biggest competition coming from Douglas College who they split the season with, each winning once on each other's home court. It won't get any easier if they meet in the PacWest final as the Royals will have the decided home court advantage.

VIU will also have a big ol' target on their back with that No. 1 seed provincially and No. 2 in the CCAA rankings to the Humber Hawks out of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association.

One of their biggest issues may be deciding who their true enemies are this weekend.

"I just need to stop being friendly because I know a couple of the guys . . . like Rex Fenton on Douglas and I haven't put a good together against him because it is too friendly," said Warren.

"Friend off until the end."

Warren and Proch will be two of the Mariners' biggest weapons as the two fifth year seniors look to go out on top.

Warren finished as the season as the PacWest's kills champion with 4.62 a set and as the conference's top offensive threat, accounting for 5.44 points a set.

Proch, meanwhile, was the best in the league from the service line, with 47 aces at a rate of 0.64 a set. Warren was second at a 0.42 clip. Proch also finished sixth in total offence at 3.58 while the Mariners Lee Hamilton was fourth at 4.10.

"We like to work hard, not to say we're over achievers, but we have high expectations of ourselves," said Proch.

This is the final season for Warren and Proch as well as Brett Wenninger and Chris Harris. The last time VIU made it to nationals they all but Harris were in their freshman seasons. Harris was still in high school and playing badminton.

In 2009 the came into nationals with a 13-4 record but finished with a bronze medal. In 2010 they finished the season 13-3 but lost both games at provincials and finished fourth.

Last year they went 8-6 in the regular season and finished fourth once again.

It's a disappointment they do not want to repeat again.

"The only pressure I am facing is the pressure I am placing on myself," said Warren. "I can only control the things I can control and hope the guys come out .

. . But this is the show and I'm ready for the show."