Ben Chessor
The Navigator

The VIU Mariners’ women’s volleyball team had the weekend of January 24 off. But even with a quiet weekend, the Mariners still sit in first place in the PacWest standings, although now they have some company.

The Mariners’ last games were at home on January 17 and 18 against the visiting Capilano University Blues. On Friday, the Mariners picked up a clean victory , winning 3-0. VIU took the first set 25-18 and then the second set 25-14. The Mariners completed the three-set sweep, winning the final set 25-21.  Alyssa Wolf had six digs and nine kills for VIU, while Tylar Turnbull added 11 points of total offense in the victory. 

The Mariners were even more dominant in their next-day rematch against the Blues. The Mariners won every set by at least ten points. VIU won the first two sets 25-15 and finished the game off with a 25-14 victory in the game’s third and final set. Leanna Gildersleeve led the Mariners with ten digs and 12 kills in the victory. With the back-to-back 3-0 victories. The Mariners have now won 11 games this season in which they didn’t lose a set. Since losing to the University of Fraser Valley on November 9, the Mariners have only lost one set in their last eight games.

VIU currently sits in first place in the PacWest standings with a record of 18-2. The Mariners are two points ahead of the UFV.

The Mariners are on the road for the next two weeks. The team’s only home game remaining in the PacWest regular season is on Thursday, February 13, when the Mariners take on the visiting Camosun Chargers. The game starts at 6pm. For more information on the Mariners and their schedule visit