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After a six week break, the VIU Mariners’ women’s volleyball team is preparing to return to action. The team will play their first two home games after the holiday break, on January 16 and 17 against the visiting Columbia Bible College Bearcats.

The Mariners haven’t played since November 29, when the team picked up a hard-fought victory of the Bearcats. The  win gave the Mariners a four-game winning streak, their longest of the season, and gave the team a record of 6-6 heading into the extended break.

The team’s upcoming games against the Bearcats will be the Mariners’ first home games since November 22, when the team picked up the win over the visiting Douglas Royals. The Mariners will have a little bit of home court advantage as the season enters its second half. The Mariners will play seven of their final 12 games at home, including three of the team’s final four games.

VIU’s 6-6 record gives the team 12 points on the season, good enough for fourth place in the standings. The Mariners are currently two points behind third place UFV Cascades and four points ahead of  fifth place College of the Rockies Avalanche.

The Mariners’ home games against the Bearcats begin at 6 pm on Friday January 16 and 1 pm on Saturday January 17.