Voleyball vs Cascades

November 18th, 2012

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Mariners sweep Cascades
Men beat UFV twice, women split weekend set in Nanaimo
Ben Ingram
Daily News


The Vancouver Island University men's Mariners volleyball team walked away with two victories this weekend.

The men's team (10-6; 23-16) defeated the University of Fraser Valley Cascades 3-1 on Saturday, completing their sweep of the visiting team in PacWest volleyball play at VIU. The women's team (8-2; 25-6) dropped their second game of the year against UFV, losing 3-1.

Tory Zaytsoff led the men's offence with 10 kills. Diego Bust-os and Niall Cobbe had nine each while Zach Grigg added another eight.

Grigg was also an asset defensively, leading the team with nine digs. Bustos had six and Dillon Collett had four.

Bustos and Cobbe also had two serving aces each. Collett and Grigg added one each.

The womens' team was unable to follow up Friday's victory with another against the Cascades on Saturday afternoon.

Alyssa Wolf and Leanna Gild-ersleeve led the team in kills with six each while Paige Wiebe had five. Wolf had eight digs and an ace. Sandra Veikle led the team defensively with 10 digs.

Megan Groenendijk put up two serving aces with no errors.

After the game, women's head coach Shane Hyde had little praise for what he described as a tired effort for the Mariners.

"I don't think it was a great game anywhere on our part," he said. "We looked sloppy, that's how we looked. We weren't willing to do the extras."

Hyde had said the defence pulled the team through Friday's victory over UFV but in Saturday's game, "everybody just folded their tents at once."

After winning three in a row, the Mariners women sustained their second loss of the year during their first match to enter a fourth set.

"We need to have this secondary push," Hyde said. "We need to be ready to go into longer matches."

The Mariners host the College of the Rockies Avalanche on Thursday and Friday. The women's games start at 6 p.m. while the men start at 8 p.m. both nights