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Mariners win one, lose one against UFV

Women's volleyball team put in 'Jekyll and Hyde' performance over two games against Cascades

Ross Armour / Daily News
November 3, 2014

VIU's women's volleyball Mariners experienced both a victory and a loss this past Friday and Saturday in two games against University of the Fraser Valley.

Friday night, the Mariners were beaten comfortably, 3-0, by the Cascades but Shane Hyde's team was able to turn the tables on Saturday evening by winning in four.

"I was happy with our performance on Saturday," said Hyde. "We certainly played a lot better than we did on Friday. "We're still making a lot of rookie errors and having a few mental breakdowns."

But despite the loss on Halloween night, Hyde was pleased with the reaction of his players the second time around.

"We probably should have won on Saturday in three but they took the second set after we dropped a couple of key points. It was a very close set."

The one loss, one win trend has been known of the Mariners in recent times after a similar set of results back on Oct. 24 and 25 against the Capilano Blues.

On those two nights, the Mariners lost in five and then won again in three and Hyde says the team that loses on the Friday always has a psychological advantage on the Saturday with that type of schedule.

"On the second day, the advantage is definitely with the losing team from the night before. The other team is all happy and the team that loses has a point to

prove. I was happy with how we reacted on Saturday. It was the same the week before, we lost a tight game in five and then thumped Capilano the next day."

Hyde says its those rookie errors and mistakes which are costing his team games early on in the season.

He puts that down to an influx of new blood to the roster at the start of the season, coming into what is a notably succesful program out of VIU.

Hyde says he and his team must continue to put the work in on the practice court week-in week-out, and then the results will follow.

"We need to start quicker and get right out of the gates on those Friday nights," he said, "Our Thursday practices have been a little flat so far this year and that's getting carried into Friday. So we need to go hard on Thursday and then master the task of taking that into Friday's game. We've had a lot of Jekyll and Hyde performances over two games so far this year, but that is common with a young team. We want to get that figured out by Christmas."

Hyde is hoping to put a strong winning run together going forward now after playing more of the somewhat stronger teams earlier in the season.

"UFV is a very good team. Along with them, we are the top two teams in the conference this year. We've played a lot of the strongest teams in the division already so now we need to take care of business on our own side and go on a winning run."

The Mariners have a weekend of rest later this week and next up for the team is back-to-back games on the road versus College of the Rockies, Nov. 14 and 15.