Ben Chessor
The Navigator

The Mariners’ men had the last weekend of January off, but two wins in the team’s last weekend of action has the Mariners near the top of the PacWest standings.

On Friday, January 17, the Mariners took on the visiting Capilano Blues in the first game of a two game weekend series. The Mariners made quick works of the Blues on the evening, picking up a convincing three set sweep over the visitors. VIU won the first set 25-19, the second set 25-18, then finished off the sweep with 25-23 win in the third and final set of the match. 

On Saturday, January 18, the Mariners had a tougher time in the rematch against Capilano. The Blues won the first set 25-22, but the Mariners rallied back to take the second set 25-21. Capilano took their second lead of the game with a 25-19 win in the third set. However, the Mariners refused to be defeated, dominating the fourth set 25-14 to set up a fifth and deciding set. In the final set, the Mariners completed the comeback and the weekend sweep, winning the fifth set 15-10 and the match 3-2.

The two wins over Capilano allowed the Mariners to move into a tie with the Blues for third place in the PacWest standings, two points behind second place Camosun.

The Mariners only have one more home game left in the PacWest regular season. That game is on Thursday, February 13, against the Camosun Chargers. For more information on the Mariners’ schedules and scores, visit .