After a rough final weekend of the season, the VIU Mariners’ men’s volleyball team is looking ahead to the Provincial Championship.
The Mariners dropped their final two games of the regular season to their Island rivals, the Camosun Chargers. On Thursday, February 19 the Chargers came into the VIU gym and picked up the win in three sets: 25-19, 25-20, 25-16. A few nights later on Saturday, February 21 the Chargers once again defeated the Mariners in straight sets: 25-20, 25-22, 25-16.
The Mariners had won their last two games before playing the Chargers, as the team had picked up back-to-back wins against the College of the Rockies Avalanche on Thursday, February 12 and Friday, February 13.
The losses against the Chargers mean the Mariners will have to settle for third place in the PacWest standings. The Mariners finish the season with a record of 15-9, good for 30 points on the season. VIU will finish six points back of the Chargers (18-6) in the race for second place in the standings and a bye into the semi-finals of the Provincials. The Douglas College Royals finished the season in first place in the standings with a record of 21-3.
With the regular season over, the Mariners look towards the Provincial Championship which will be held February 26-28 in Victoria. The Mariners will take on the sixth place Capilano Blues in the first quarter finals. The Mariners finished the season with a perfect 4-0 record against the Blues. Capilano finished the year with a record of 5-19 on the season.