PACWEST Provincial Volleyball Championships

February 22nd, 2015

Follow all the action  on the PACWEST 2015 Volleyball Championship website


VIU primed for playoffs

There are a big three days of volleyball on the horizon for the VIU Mariners as both men¹s and women¹s teams start their post season quest for a provincial crown Thursday.

The PacWest Volleyball Championships take place from Feb. 26 to 28 this year, hosted by the Camosun Chargers out of the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence in Victoria.

Both Mariners teams are seeded third going into the championships, with both scheduled to play quarter-final fixtures Thursday.

The women are up first with a 1 p.m. showdown with the Douglas Royals and the men start at 3 p.m. against the Capilano Blues.

With the top two teams advancing to the national championships at the end of it all, women¹s coach Shane Hyde says anybody can beat anybody.

The female Mariners are in red hot form heading into the championships, having won seven of their last eight games since the end of January.

"I like the way we¹re playing and it¹s going to be down to what team shows up," Hyde said. "If we show up and play the way we can, I¹ll be pleased. Any kind of mental breakdowns will make it tough.²

Hyde has picked hosts Camosun as the front runner to take the title and says his team¹s goal is to get to the final.

"Right now though we¹re just focusing everything on Douglas and that¹s as far as we take it," he said.

Men¹s coach Abe Avender is also envisioning a tight three days of play.

"We¹re excited, it¹s funny how it¹s such a long season winds up in one weekend," he said. "Whichever team is hot this week will leave with the gold medal."

Avender¹s team has won six of its last 10 but ended the season with two disappointing defeats to the Chargers in straight sets home and away.

But the Mariners did beat rivals the Blues on all four occasions this year.

"Our goal is to just get through Capilano," Avender said. "We should do that if we show up and play well."