The VIU Mariners were good enough to win at nationals, but didn’t have quite enough to win a medal. Vancouver Island University’s men’s volleyball team placed fourth at the Canadian Colleges’ Athletic Association championships in Welland, Ont.
VIU won two of its four matches. Both its losses came against the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Trojans – once to start the tourney and then again in the bronze-medal matchup.
SAIT won Saturday’s medal showdown 26-24, 25-18, 25-23. Dillon Collet was VIU’s player of the match with eight kills and seven digs.
The Mariners started with a 25-23, 25-20, 25-23 loss to the Trojans but responded with two straight wins, beating King’s College 25-11, 25-11, 25-17 and then defeating Niagara 27-25, 25-18, 25-16. Adam Tishenko, Zach Grigg and Lee Hamilton were the players of the game in those matches.