VIU Clean sweep of Athletes of the week

January 24th, 2016

Female Volleyball Athlete of the Week
Megan Rosenlund - VIU Mariners

Megan Rosenlund led the VIU Mariners both offensively and defensively this past weekend in matches versus the Capilano Blues.  On Friday night Megan exploded offensively with 18 kills, while also recording a team leading 23 digs and passing a 2.4 in serve receive.  Her impressive performance helped her club to a 5 set victory.  Megan rounded out her weekend with another balanced performance with 10 kills, 15 digs, and passing a 2.2 in serve receive on Saturday.  In all she tallied 28 kills, 38 digs, 1 block, 2 aces and passing an average total of 2.3 in serve receive.

Male Volleyball Athlete of the Week
Zach Grigg – VIU Mariners

The Mariners' fourth year left side had another excellent weekend sweeping the Capilano Blues.  Grigg collected 34 total offensive points to compliment 12 digs and a block. On Friday he scored eight kills, six digs, and had a pair of service aces. Then Saturday, he finished with 16 kills, six digs, three service aces and a block.

 

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By Greg Skaki-Nanaimo News Bulletin

The VIU Mariners are fired up about trying to firm up first place.

Vancouver Island University’s women’s volleyball team swept its matches against the Douglas Royals in PacWest action at the VIU gym this past weekend.

“I was extremely proud of how the girls played,” said Shane Hyde, Mariners coach. “We played focused, we had the emotion that we’ve been lacking a little bit and the confidence.”

His team won Friday by scores of 21-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-12, then followed up with a straight-sets win Saturday, 25-23, 25-23, 25-8.

He said he went into the weekend kind of worried, since the Royals have good players and had been playing well.

“There were times … that Douglas put us right on the brink of cracking, and our girls managed to dig in and find a way to win and that’s kind of the old style of Mariner volleyball,” Hyde said.

Megan Rosenlund, VIU player, said her team was fired up in warmups and it carried over to the matches. She said the team’s strong defensive play allowed the M’s to play without fear of making mistakes.

“We were so consistent throughout the entire game…” she said after Saturday’s win. “I think this was the first weekend that we’ve actually really clicked as a team and really played together and it was so much fun playing out there.”

VIU’s men lost their matches against Douglas, falling 25-16, 25-18, 18-25, 25-20 on Friday and then 25-20, 25-23, 17-25, 22-25, 15-12 on Saturday.

VIU’s volleyball teams have a bye week and will then head to the Kootenays for matches against the College of the Rockies Avalanche Feb. 12-13.