VIU Mariners player Mariah St. Pierre spikes the ball during Saturday's PacWest match against the Camosun Chargers at the Vancouver Island University gymnasium.

VIU Mariners player Mariah St. Pierre spikes the ball during Saturday's PacWest match against the Camosun Chargers at the Vancouver Island University gymnasium.

Volleyball Mariners swept to start season

NANAIMO – VIU's women's volleyball team was swept in both its matches against the Camosun Chargers this past weekend.

The VIU Mariners will have to make some net gains to get better in PacWest play.

Vancouver Island University’s women’s volleyball team was swept in both its matches against the Camosun Chargers this past weekend to start the regular season.

Camo won 25-8, 27-25, 25-22 on Friday in Victoria, then took the win the next night at the VIU gym, 25-21, 25-22, 25-18.

Shane Hyde, coach of the Mariners women, said his team was better in Saturday’s rematch.

“There were moments where we looked kind of like our old self,” he said. “Some mental breakdowns in our own end on really routine plays.”

He said his team was sporadic – out of position at times, trying to do too much at other times or simply missing serves.

“It’s one of those things where we’re going to have to see a few matches here to see where we’re at, to see if we should push a panic button or if some these kids can step it up,” Hyde said. “I thought we were a little bit further ahead than we are right now, but I guess it’s back to the drawing board a bit.”

The Mariners men’s volleyball team was also swept in its matches against the Chargers, losing 25-22, 30-28, 20-25, 25-22 and then 25-20, 25-21, 25-23.

GAME ON … VIU’s volleyball teams have a bye week, then visit the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades on Oct. 30-31.

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