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VIU volleyball team wins more matches as nationals now a month away

Mariners women beat nationally ranked opponent to stay undefeated in league play
VIU Mariners player Megan Duffy looks for a kill during a match against the Douglas Royals in PacWest action Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Vancouver Island University gym. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

The undefeated VIU Mariners earned two more wins this weekend against a nationally ranked opponent as they get ready for national championships, now just a month away.

Vancouver Island University’s women’s volleyball team (16-0) defeated the Douglas Royals (10-7) on Friday and Saturday in Pacific Western Athletic Association action at the VIU gym.

The Mariners dropped the first set on Friday but handled the Royals from there, winning 20-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-19. In Saturday’s rematch, the M’s won in straight sets, 25-20, 25-17, 25-20.

VIU’s women’s v-ball team, defending four-time national champions, will host the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championships at the VIU gym from March 8-11.

The Mariners, guaranteed a berth, will be trying for a fifth-straight title, a feat that has never been accomplished in CCAA history.

Tournament passes are now available and can be purchased online by visiting and following the links.

GAME ON … In the meantime, there are still four more regular-season PacWest matches remaining, four of them at the VIU gym. The Mariners take on the league’s second-place Camosun Chargers on Thursday, Feb. 9, in Victoria, then play a rematch Saturday, Feb. 11, in Nanaimo, starting at 1 p.m. A men’s match will follow on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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