Mariners dominate UFV

December 1st, 2013

The Vancouver Island University Mariners women's volleyball team went into the Christmas break in style, sweeping the top ranked team in the country.

The Mariners followed up their 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-17) win over the University of Fraser Valley Cascades on Friday with another 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-21) win on Saturday, to take over first place in the Pacific Western Athletic Association.

"The girls played awesome," said Mariners head coach Shane Hyde. "I would have never predicted this, 3-0 and 3-0 both days. We played with a lot of grit.

"We did what we worked on the last couple weeks, it all came together, and we were fearless against a national championship team."

In previous matches against UFV the Mariners played with caution.

"Today it wasn't like that, they were fearless throughout the whole match," Hyde added.

The last time the Mariners faced UFV Hyde changed the plan to counter UFV's strong points, and UFV swept them.

"That didn't work for us. I changed my attitude and said let's just play our game. That's what we've done in years past and it worked. That's what we did this weekend, we focused on our side," Hyde added.

Middles Tylar Turnbull and Ashley Van Acken were influential players on the court, Hyde added.

The match was the last game of the first half of the season. The girls will resume competitive play after the Christmas holidays.

"We're going to shut things down on Monday, that's our last practice. We will do a coaches versus players game and then get everybody healed up and back at it Dec. 27 in Orlando, Fla., where we will be training with Quebec and Ontario teams and then going on a Bahamas cruise. We're going to be in good hands over Christmas break," Hyde added.

The VIU Mariners men's team also finished the first half on a high, crushing the Cascades with a pair of 3-1 decisions.

It marks a stark turn around from the beginning of the season when VIU stumbled out to a 2-5 start, they are now 7-7 and in third place in the PacWest.

The M's won 25-17, 25-9, 21-25, 25-22 on Friday and 23-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-17 on Saturday.

"We were playing in the basement for a while, but we've won five of our last seven matches, so we've turned it around a lot," said Mariners head coach Abe Avender. "This looks where I feel VIU should be most of the time, in that top three."

Zach Grigg had a huge weekend, collecting 30 kills and nine aces in the two matches and Diego Bustos had an all-round good weekend with six kills, eight sets and four blocks on Friday and 11 kills, five aces and two blocks on Saturday.

"He was just clutch," said Avender of Bustos, a product of the Mexican junior national team. "We call him the Tijuana Sunrise because he's just smashing balls, he's just awesome, and he's a real good leader."

Middle Wayne Woyciehouski had a solid two games as well, combining for 14 kills and nine blocks.

The Mariners are now off for the holidays and will be travelling to Mexico for a week at the Mexican national training centre.

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Mariners complete volleyball sweep of UFV

Aaron Hinks / Daily News

The Vancouver Island University Mariners women's volleyball team went into the Christmas break in style, sweeping the top ranked team in the country.

The Mariners followed up their 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-17) win over the University of Fraser Valley Cascades on Friday with another 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-21) win on Saturday, to take over first place in the Pacific Western Athletic Association.

"The girls played awesome," said Mariners head coach Shane Hyde. "I would have never predicted this, 3-0 and 3-0 both days. We played with a lot of grit.

"We did what we worked on the last couple weeks, it all came together, and we were fearless against a national championship team."

In previous matches against UFV the Mariners played with caution.

"Today it wasn't like that, they were fearless throughout the whole match," Hyde added.

The last time the Mariners faced UFV Hyde changed the plan to counter UFV's strong points, and UFV swept them.

"That didn't work for us. I changed my attitude and said let's just play our game. That's what we've done in years past and it worked. That's what we did this weekend, we focused on our side," Hyde added.

Middles Tylar Turnbull and Ashley Van Acken were influential players on the court, Hyde added.

The match was the last game of the first half of the season. The girls will resume competitive play after the Christmas holidays.

"We're going to shut things down on Monday, that's our last practice. We will do a coaches versus players game and then get everybody healed up and back at it Dec. 27 in Orlando, Fla., where we will be training with Quebec and Ontario teams and then going on a Bahamas cruise. We're going to be in good hands over Christmas break," Hyde added.

The VIU Mariners men's team also finished the first half on a high, crushing the Cascades with a pair of 3-1 decisions.

It marks a stark turn around from the beginning of the season when VIU stumbled out to a 2-5 start, they are now 7-7 and in third place in the PacWest.

The M's won 25-17, 25-9, 21-25, 25-22 on Friday and 23-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-17 on Saturday.

"We were playing in the basement for a while, but we've won five of our last seven matches, so we've turned it around a lot," said Mariners head coach Abe Avender. "This looks where I feel VIU should be most of the time, in that top three."

Zach Grigg had a huge weekend, collecting 30 kills and nine aces in the two matches and Diego Bustos had an all-round good weekend with six kills, eight sets and four blocks on Friday and 11 kills, five aces and two blocks on Saturday.

"He was just clutch," said Avender of Bustos, a product of the Mexican junior national team. "We call him the Tijuana Sunrise because he's just smashing balls, he's just awesome, and he's a real good leader."

Middle Wayne Woyciehouski had a solid two games as well, combining for 14 kills and nine blocks.

The Mariners are now off for the holidays and will be travelling to Mexico for a week at the Mexican national training centre.