Men's Volleyball strong start

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Nanaimo team has played six games so far this year, winning five of them after weekend victories

Ross Armour / Daily News
November 4, 2014 12:00 AM

VIU's men's volleyball team continued its impressive start to the season this past Friday and Saturday with back-to-back wins over University of the Fraser Valley at home.

The Mariners won in five sets Friday night and comfortably in three Saturday afternoon in two victories over the Cascades which leaves Abe Avender's troops sitting handsomely at the top of the Pacwest division.

The team has played six games so far this year, winning five of them.

"On Friday we came out like a house on fire and took the first two sets easily but then some of the guys thought they were too good for school and they thumped us in the next two," said Avender. "We were 14-12 down in the third and thankfully Nick came up with three awesome serves for us and we won 16-14."

Avender was delighted with Saturday's comprehensive result, stating the game as his team's best performance of the season.

"We had a video session on Saturday morning and the guys responded really well. UFV are a very mature team who were tied with us in second going into the two games so to get two wins was really nice to see."

The two games brought the curtain down on the first quarter of the season and the Mariners now have this weekend off as a result of a bye.

"So far this season there's been aspects of our game that has been the best in the country, but sometimes we look like we couldn't beat a high school team. Some of those faces when we were down 14-12 in the fifth on Friday, it was like they had lost their families. But I was pretty positive as I know we've got lots of talent in the locker room and I told the guys it's not over til its over. Then Nick just ripped on them."

Avender says his team has to work on the mental aspect of finishing teams off when they are down going forward but has high hopes for the rest of the campaign.

"Our sport is all about momentum. There is so many whistles and so many plays and it really isn't over til it's done."

Avender says the older players on the roster are playing a vital role in keeping the younger ones level headed.

"Our veteran guys are good at putting it all into perspective when the younger ones think we've won a national championship. But it's awesome to be five and one. The group is like 14 brothers playing together."