Volleyball versus UFV

February 3rd, 2013

VIU splits with Fraser Valley
 
Daily News

 

The Vancouver Island University Mariners women's volleyball team came away with a split in their biggest weekend series of the season this weekend.

The Mariners (17-3; 54: 10) went into this weekend ranked No. 2 in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Conference against the No. 1 ranked University of Fraser Valley Cascades (18-2; 55: 21) and won 3-1 (25-21, 25-19, 18-25, 25-20) on Friday, but lost 3-2 (25-23, 25-15, 16-25, 19-25, 15-11) on Saturday.

VIU was led by veteran power Leanna Gildersleeve, who showed off her national championship MVP form again.

Mariners head coach Shane Hyde said the weekend match met its considerable hype.

"Usually we have to wait until nationals to get to this calibre of volleyball," said Hyde. "It was pretty crazy volleyball, unbelievable big hits, big blocks; the spectators that were watching were treated to some pretty outstanding volleyball."

On Friday, Gildersleeve lead the Mariners with 16 kills and 11 digs while Alyssa Wolf had 12 kills, 12 digs and four assists, Sandra Veikle had 23 digs, Ashley Van Acken had five stuff blocks and Marlie Temple had nine kills.

On Saturday, Gildersleeve had 20 kills, 20 digs and two blocks, Page Wiebe had eight kills and 12 digs, Temple had six kills and two blocks, Wolf had 11 kills, two assists and seven digs and Veikle had 19 digs. But Gildersleeve was their engine, coming up with her biggest performance of the year during their biggest weekend of the season.

"She hasn't been happy with her game up to this point, and I kept trying to remind her that we had these issues last year where at times she was playing average, but her average is still better than most people's best," said Hyde.

VIU's biggest issue on Saturday was matching UFV's intensity early. It has been an issue all season on the road for the Mariners. After beating a team in their gym in the first match of a weekend, VIU has come into the second meeting flat while the home team has come out firing, this was the case once again this weekend. However, this likely sets up an exciting provincial final as UFV and VIU are clearly the top two teams in the Pacific Western Athletic Conference, and, arguably, the CCAA as well. "On paper, it's a no-brainer, it should be the two teams. But as everyone knows, anything can happen in playoffs," said Hyde, noting the PacWest will get two births into the CCAA championships.

The Mariners host the Douglas College Royals at 6 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday.

V-BALL NOTES - The VIU (14-6; 49: 26) men beat UFV (2-18; 16: 57) 3-0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-20) on Friday and 3-0 on Saturday (25-12, 25-22, 25-12).