VIU volleyball teams finish first

VIU Mariners player Alyssa Wolf bumps the ball during Friday night’s match against the Camosun Chargers at the Vancouver Island University gym as M
VIU Mariners player Alyssa Wolf bumps the ball during Friday night’s match against the Camosun Chargers at the Vancouver Island University gym as M's teammates Tamara Rosenlund and Leanna Gildersleeve wait for the play to develop.
— image credit: GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

The Vancouver Island University Mariners women’s volleyball teams appear playoff ready after finishing the season with wins.

VIU’s women’s and men’s teams swept their matches Friday and Saturday in their home gym against the Camosun Chargers.

In women’s action, the M’s won Friday in convincing fashion, winning in straight sets, 25-16, 25-10, 25-21. Leanna Gildersleeve and Alyssa Wolf each had seven kills to lead the Mariners.

The next day was nearly as convincing as VIU’s women defeated Camosun 25-22, 25-16, 25-15. Gildersleeve had six kills and Tamara Rosenlund made 12 digs.

The victories pushed the Mariners’ record to 22-2. The women had already clinched first place going into the weekend.

The M’s women are hosting nationals next month, but for the M’s men, Friday and Saturday were the last home games of the year and the last matches at the VIU gym for graduating seniors Brett Weninger, Milo Warren, Nigel Proch and Chris Harris.

They made sure to go out on a winning note, defeating Camosun 25-13, 25-16, 23-25, 25-20 on Friday and 25-21, 23-25, 25-17, 26-24 on Saturday.

In Friday’s match, Warren had 17 kills and 11 digs, and he again led the way with 17 kills on Saturday. Proch had 14 kills and 13 digs on Saturday and Joe Holder added 16 digs.

The men needed the victories to pin down first place in the Pacific Western Athletic Association with a 20-4 record.

PacWest’s provincial championships will be held at Douglas College in New Westminster starting Thursday (Feb. 23). Canadian Colleges’ Athletic Association women’s nationals will be March 8-10.

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