Avalanche have mixed weekend results

Camosun College Chargers prove to be a tough opponent during volleyball action at the College of the Rockies gym.

Nick Schmidt and Taylor Verboom come up big on a block for the College of the Rockies Avalanche during a match against the Camosun College Chargers on Saturday.

Nick Schmidt and Taylor Verboom come up big on a block for the College of the Rockies Avalanche during a match against the Camosun College Chargers on Saturday.

It was a mixed weekend of results for the Avalanche, as the men split their set with the Camosun College Chargers, while the ladies were defeated in both matches.

Volleyball action took over the gymnasium at the College of the Rockies on Friday night, and the men’s Avs came out successful with a 3-1 match victory, while the women were blanked 3-0.

Despite losing the first set, the Avs roared back, winning the next three for the win, including a tight 26-24 in the third set.

“We seemed to really control the match,” said men’s Avs head coach Steve Kamps. “It was one of the best, if not the best, blocking matches of the year and we were able to pass the ball really well and as a result, we got Dave and Taylor balls in the middle on our offence and they both had a really strong night for us.”

Saturday was a different story for the men, which struggled with a shorter bench due to an injury and sickness, according to Kamps.

Part of the struggles on Saturday could also be attributed to his players taking an individual approach to the match in an effort to replicate the success from the night before, Kamps added.

“It just seemed like we were all trying to win the match on every swing and everybody was trying to do too much as individuals rather than playing as a team,” said Kamps.

The women put up a better fight in their second match, coming within two points of winning the first set, but the Chargers prevailed and won the following two for the sweep.