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Charging Into This Season

Photo courtesy of the Camosun Chargers
Photo courtesy of the Camosun Chargers

The Camosun Chargers enter the season with a bit of a chip on their shoulder after a fourth place finish last year at the PACWEST championship tournament. They came into the event as the third seed but left without a medal.

They have a pair of new assistant coaches to help get over the hump in the medal standings. Garrett Marcellus is a former Charger and teammate of head coach Brent Hull, the reigning PACWEST Coach of the Year. Kate Spack will also join the bench after her playing days as a libero at the University of Waterloo.

The biggest loss following last season was the graduation of fifth year libero Mychaela Roelants. She led the PACWEST a season ago with an incredible 310 digs and was a source of inspiration for the Chargers all season. To fill Roelants’ shoes they will rely upon Correina McNeice a third year player and second year libero Olivia Godek hoping to equal her contributions.

The Chargers also lose one of their team captains Lauren Montgomery-Stinson after just her second season. She has moved on to pursue her academic goals.

This upcoming season the Chargers are returning most of their starters including captain Katie Wayling as a fifth year leader. She will be relied upon for her steadiness on the court. They also return the PACWEST Rookie of the Year Mika Yamada from Japan. The Chargers’ coaching staff are hoping she can equal her production numbers from last season when she collected a team high 215 kills and 241 total offensive points.

The Chargers open the new PACWEST season with a home and home against their Island rivals the VIU Mariners on Friday and Saturday.