VIU Student Press

Mariners spring into 2018

6’2” forward Victoria Brown attempts a shot against a Langara guard. Photo by Northfield Photography.
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Though the weather may not feel like it, spring is just around the corner. Soccer season officially ended in dramatic fashion, and we are reaching the final stretch for our remaining Mariners teams.

Here’s everything you need to know in prep for the spring sports season.

Men’s Basketball

The Men’s team opened 2018 with impressive home court victories against the rival Langara Falcons. On January 5, the Mariners’ 32 point second quarter proved too much for the Falcons to overcome, and they were defeated by a score of 91-83. The following day, the Mariners bested the Falcons by a score of 107-63. Every Mariner on the roster scored at least three points in the victory, with Tyus Barfoot leading the way with 22 and Usama Zaid coming close second with 21.

The following weekend the Mariners continued to dominate, this time against the Capilano Blues. They won their January 12 game by a score of a 96-73, and the January 13 road matchup saw the Mariners outlast their opponents again, winning by a score of 90-76.

Women’s Basketball

In their first games back from the break the Women’s squad showed outstanding team defense in both their matchups against the Falcons. The January 5 victory came by way of a lopsided 61-37 score. A follow-up performance on January 6 saw the squad demoralize the Falcons in a 70-25 victory. Team defense was particularly remarkable that night. The Mariners finished the game holding the Falcons to an absurd 14 percent from the field and 11.5 percent from behind the 3-point line.
The next weekend saw the Mariners’ split pivotal matchups against the Capilano Blues. On January 12 the women’s team won the first of the two weekend games with a score of 63-61, however, they were unable to get the road sweep, coming up short the next day by a score of 79-51.

Hockey

The first two games back for the 2018 season ended in defeat for the Mariners hockey team. The squad was able to get back on the winning track, however, with a 4-1 victory over Eastern Washington University on January 13. Goals from Colpron, Keener, and Dunlop contributed to the lopsided outcome. The Mariners are 7-8 on the season and currently sit fourth in the BCIHL standings, with 11 games left in the regular season.

Men’s Volleyball

The team started 2018 off nicely with their 3-1 home court victory over the CBC Bearcats on January 12.

Following the success of the previous night’s victory the Mariners continued to pour it on, defeating the Bearcats on January 13 once again, but this time in a three set sweep victory 3-0.

Women’s Volleyball

In a two-way tie for first in the PACWEST standings with a total of 22 points, the women’s team is in an excellent position to make a deep playoff run. They split their last matchup against the CBC Bearcats with a hard-fought 3-2 loss on January 12. The team capitalized the following night, earning a quick redemption with an impressive 3-set sweep.