Avs have tough challenge in Chargers

Camosun plays hard against the men with two wins, however, the women's Avs pick up a win in five sets.

Jayden Roch and Madison Houdy of the Avalanche are up on the block against the Camosun College Chargers during Pacwest volleyball action this weekend.

Jayden Roch and Madison Houdy of the Avalanche are up on the block against the Camosun College Chargers during Pacwest volleyball action this weekend.

The Avalanche had a tough weekend against the Camosun Chargers, but the ladies picked up a win, while the men were defeated in both matches during Pacwest volleyball action this weekend at the College of the Rockies.

Sporting their retro uniforms circa 2000-03 on Friday evening, the ladies earned their second win of the season by forcing a tiebreak after winning the fourth set to even it out at 2-2 apiece. Facing a five-point deficit at 14-9, the Avs rallied back in epic fashion to win the tiebreak set and the match at 16-14.

The ladies opened strong and won the first set at 25-12, before falling 17-25 and 14-25 to Camosun. However, they stormed back in the fourth set at 25-22 to set up the tiebreak.

The Chargers came hard out of the gate on Saturday, winning the first set 25-12. The Avs put up a better fight during the rest of the match, but surrendered the next two sets at 25-20.

The men had a frustrating weekend, losing in five sets on Friday before falling in four sets on Saturday.

Friday’s match featured the set of the weekend, after the Avs, facing a 2-1 set deficit, won the fourth at 37-35 to force the tiebreak.

“That was an energy-drainer,” said Avs left side Zach Fedechko. “It was a booster and an energy drainer at the same time. You can definitely feel it—we felt it in the fifth set.

“…It was a good win for the set, but we should’ve beat that team in three yesterday [Friday]. That should never have happened.”

Despite a big rally from the Avs to force the fifth set, the Chargers were able to come out on top and win 15-11.

The Avs barely lost out on the first set at 25-22, but came back to win the second at 25-19. The Chargers recovered to win the third set at 26-24 before the Avs won the marathon fourth set to head into the tiebreak.

The two teams met again on Saturday, and while the Avs took the first set at 25-18, the Chargers came back to win three in a row at 25-22, 27-25 and 25-23.

“Today [Saturday], both teams played well, I think they played some pretty flawless volleyball for most of it,” added Fedechko. “So did we, but they just got the jump on us and that’s just how it goes, I guess. It could’ve gone either way today.”

Both teams will play host for the fourth straight time next weekend when they host the visiting Vancouver Island University Mariners.


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