Women's Volleyball preseason

September 24th, 2017

The VIU Women's Volleyball team took part in the Royal's Volleyball tournament hosted by Douglas College on Sept 23/24. This was the Mariners 1st pre-season competition of the year. The team is returning 6/7 starters from last season and have a very solid group of hungry rookies and second year athletes. The first Match of the tournament had the Mariners paired up against the Medicine Hat Rattlers. The VIU squad started a bit slow but managed to improve as the match went on. The Mariners dropped the 1st set but took the next 3 straight sets to win the match 3-1. The following day, the Mariners faced off against the Seneca Sting team from Toronto. The Mariner team showed that their team was more physical and experienced then their Ontario opponents. The VIU Mariners came away from the match with a 3-0 result. Later that night the VIU Mariners were put to the test. The team faced off against the Trinity Western Spartans who have been a perennial powerhouse in U Sports. They are last season's National Bronze medalists and in the past 3 seasons have won 3 National medals at the University level including the National gold in 2015. The Mariners held their own all night. They dropped the 1st set by a score of 25-22 and won the 2nd set 25-21. In the 3rd set Trinity showed why they are such a dominant force at the next level and handed the Mariners a 25-15 loss. The VIU squad bounced back in the 4th set with a 25-18 win and forced a 5th set. The 5th set was as close as it gets with both teams trading points. Trinity took the match with a 5th set score of 15-13.  The Mariners finished the tournament with a 3 set win over the Concordia College team from Alberta with a score of 3 sets to zero.

"It was a great weekend of Volleyball," Shane Hyde, head coach of the Mariners squad commented. "We were rotating our entire line-up around the whole weekend. We were able to see what our entire team looks like and I am very happy to see the amount of depth we have this season." When asked about what it was like to compete against Trinity Western Hyde had this to say. "To have the opportunity to play a team that plays at the next level and a team that is one of the elite programs at U Sport is great for our program. I was pleased to see that their team played the majority of their starters against us and we were right in the match. They play a faster tempo than we do at our level. Their block is 6-12 inches higher then we see, they have hitters coming from everywhere, their serving is stronger than we normally see and they make less errors than the teams we see, so it was great to compete against that. For it to be only our third match of the season I was very pleased with our performance. That team just played the weekend before and beat U of A, McMaster University and Mount Royal so it shows that our program could compete at the U Sport level if we ever made the move,"

The next match for the Mariners is a pre-season "Island Rival" match against the Camosun Chargers Oct. 3rd at Duncan Christian High School at 7pm