Volleyball Mariners are No. 1

Vancouver Island University’s women’s volleyball team, off to an impressive start, is considered the team to beat this year.

VIU Mariners volleyball player Kaitie Whiteley rises above the net to make a kill in a Pacific Western Athletic Association match against the Douglas Royals on Friday night at the Vancouver Island University gym.

VIU Mariners volleyball player Kaitie Whiteley rises above the net to make a kill in a Pacific Western Athletic Association match against the Douglas Royals on Friday night at the Vancouver Island University gym.

Vancouver Island University’s women’s volleyball team, off to an impressive start, is considered the team to beat this year.

The Mariners (6-0) are tied for first in the Pacific Western Athletic Association, but the Canadian Colleges’ Athletic Association played tiebreaker and ranked the M’s No. 1 in the country this week.

Alberta’s Mount Royal Cougars, defending national champions, are ranked No. 2.

VIU had a relatively easy time staying undefeated in conference play this past weekend, defeating the Douglas Royals Friday and Saturday at the Vancouver Island University gym by scores of 25-7, 25-12, 25-23 the first night, then 25-7, 25-12, 25-18 the following afternoon.

En route to winning their six matches this fall, the M’s have dropped only one set.

The Mariner men, meanwhile, ended this past weekend on a positive. After losing their first match of the season Friday against the Royals, 25-18, 25-27, 2-24, 25-21, the VIU men won Saturday’s rematch by scores of 18-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-14.

GAME ON … Both VIU’s women’s and men’s teams are on the road this weekend to face the Fraser Valley Cascades. The Mariners will be back home Nov. 18-19 versus the Capilano Blues.