VIU Mariners player Kelsey Hutt bumps the ball during a match against the Douglas Royals on Saturday afternoon at the Vancouver Island University gymnasium. VIU won in straight sets.

VIU volleyball teams finish fall in first

Vancouver Island University’s volleyball teams were able to conclude the fall semester in first place.

Vancouver Island University’s volleyball teams were able to conclude the fall semester in first place.

Both the women’s and men’s Mariners teams won their matches against the Douglas Royals on Saturday afternoon in Pacific Western Athletic Association action at the Vancouver Island University gymnasium.

The women’s win Saturday was a quick response to the previous night’s match, which went the visitors’ way. The Royals were winners in four sets Friday, with scores of 25-13, 17-25, 25-23, 25-22 before the Mariners turned it around Saturday to win in straight sets, 25-21, 25-22, 25-23. The results had implications in the standings, as the Royals briefly climbed into a first-place tie with the Mariners before Saturday’s outcome put the VIU women (10-2) two points ahead.

The M’s men, meanwhile, swept their matches against Douglas, winning by scores of 25-18, 24-26, 25-17, 25-17 on Friday and a dominating straight-sets victory Saturday with scores of 25-17, 25-18, 25-13.

VIU’s men (11-1) now have a six-point lead atop the PacWest standings.

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