February 5th, 2017
It’s been a while, like nine seasons, since Vancouver Island University (VIU) hosted the PACWEST volleyball championship, but the tournament returns on February 23-25 as the top six men’s and women’s teams compete for Conference GOLD.
The last time VIU hosted the tournament the campus wasn’t even called VIU. It was named Malaspina University College in 2008. That season on the men’s side the UBCO/OC Lakers, a fifth seed made an unbelievable run through the championship to claim the title from the host Mariners. The Lakers (now Heat) got past #4 COTR in four sets, beat the top ranked UFV Cascades in three sets before capping their magical run with a five set thriller over the hosts.
The women’s side wasn’t as exciting as the #1 Mariners cruised through the championship, not losing a set, beating the Lakers to win gold. That said the most exciting moment of that tournament was when the #6 seed CBC Bearcats captured bronze with a four set win over #4 UFV.
To put how long it’s been since VIU hosted the volleyball championships into perspective, here’s what was happening in 2008:
• The #1 song was Flo Rida featuring T-Pain – Low
• The #1 movie at the box office was Batman The Dark Knight
• Our Canadian Prime Minister was Stephan Harper
• The Summer Olympics took place in Beijing in August
• Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States
• The New England Patriots actually LOST the Super Bowl when the New York Giants beat them
• The black bob and black lipstick look was a fashion NO
• The movie Frozen still won’t be released for another five years
• The 2008 Buzzword was “FAIL”
• There was no such thing as Instagram (launched in 2010)
• The TV show “Lost” entered its third season and the cast was still Lost
• Heath Ledger, Charlton Heston, Bernie Mac and Paul Newman all passed away
• Beyonce and Jay Z married
It’s already been a very interesting year with a lot more still to come. Which PACWEST schools will etch their name into 2017 history? The championships open February 23rd on the Island.