Lee Hamilton All-Canadian AGAIN !!

March 5th, 2013

For the second year in a row VIU's Middle Blocker Lee Hamilton has been awarded an All-Canadian Award. This is one of the most prestigious individual award a Student-athlete can receive. Lee dominated the middle throughout the season. ..leading his team to a PACWEST Provincial Silver medal.
Named PACWEST Athlete of the Week in January 2013 he was #2 in the PACWEST for Blocks, 4th in total offense and 9th in kills.
Congratulations LEE !!


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Mariners bounce back to remain in medal contention
VIU defeats University of Kings College, one win away from bronze medal game
 
Ben Ingram
Daily News

 

The Vancouver Island University Mariners men's volleyball team stayed in contention for a national medal with a convincing win on Friday.

VIU defeated the University of King's College Blue Devils by a score of 3-0 (25-11; 25-11; 25-17) in Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association national championship play in Welland, Ontario on Friday.

The win means the Mariners will remain in the hunt for a bronze medal, a task that will require them to win their next two games.

Dillon Collett lit up the court for the Mariners on Friday with eight kills, three serving aces and six digs.

First-year player Zach Grigg had seven kills, four aces on the serve and five digs.

Niall Cobbe had eight digs and Tory Zaytsoff had six. Zaytsoff also had four aces.

The most kills any of the Blue Devils had was three - from Sam Burt and Liam Power.

The Mariners were able to deploy every player, save for Diego Bustos who had struggled with a knee-related issue.

"As the number-two team out of B.C. we wanted to do something, not just be the happy guys that showed up," said head coach Abe Avender.

VIU dropped its first match of the tournament, a 3-0 defeat (25-23; 25-20; 25-23) at the hands of the Southern Alberta Institute for Technology's Trojans.

That loss put VIU out of contention for a gold or silver medal. The team is now one win away from competing for the bronze.

Avender said the spectacle and pressure of competing on the national stage tripped up the squad at first, but headed into Friday's match, the team was hungry for more.

"Today was such a different world," he said. "The whole atmosphere here is so different, it makes provincial championships seem small."

VIU's game against UKC ushered in an audience that numbered in the hundreds. When the home team, the Niagara College Knights play, that number can mushroom to over 1,000.

"We got to feel that tension, that intensity (in the first game)," said Avender. "It's funny how good athletes feel that once and then they crave it again."

As it stands, the worst VIU can do is fifth-place in Canada. The best would be a bronze medal win and a flag to hoist up in the VIU gym in honour of it.

Avender is convinced the team can make that a reality, so long as the passing work remains as good as he saw on Friday and the team maintains a level of consistency, especially in halting to attacks from the other side.

The coach has preached a levelheadedness among the athletes and has placed heavy focus on a proper nutritional regime, combined with healthy sleep.

VIU plays today in front of what will likely be a large and boisterous crowd against the Niagara College Knights.

The game starts at noon, eastern time and the winner will play for bronze.