By Sports and Lifestyle Editor Cole Schisler
Riding high off their performance at the PACWEST provincials, the Mariners headed into the CCAA National Volleyball Championships with momentum on their side.
The women’s team placed 3rd at nationals, and returned home with bronze medals. They won their first match against the Cavaliers de Bois-de-Boulonge 3-0. In their second match against the Lakeland Rustlers, the Mariners lost 3-0. The Mariners then defeated the Lynx d’Edouard-Montpetit 3-0 to get into the bronze medal match. The Mariners then beat the Grand Prairie Regional College Wolves 3-1 to secure their medals.
The men’s team placed 5th at nationals. The Mariners started the tournament strong, winning their first game over the Mohawk Mountaineers 3-0. Next, the Mariners took on the Red Deer Kings, and the Kings won 3-1. Unable to bounce back after their loss to the Kings, the Mariners lost in the bronze semi-final match to the Medicine Hat Rattlers, who won the match 3-0.
While the Mariners may not have ended their season as they had hoped, the teams put in an outstanding effort throughout the regular season, and at the national stage. There will not be any more PACWEST volleyball action until next year, however Mariners from both the women’s and men’s teams will appear in articles in issue 14 of the Navigator.
Cole is a second-year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in creative writing, minoring in political science. He has an interest in all things exciting, mundane, or otherwise. He hopes to one day become an author, actor, comedian, editor, and rapper, while moonlighting as an astronaut.