Men’s Royals win Bronze

Men’s Royals win Bronze

Coming in as the fifth-ranked team in the Provincials, Douglas exceeded expectations, collecting their second consecutive Bronze medal in as many years, beating the second-ranked Capilano Blues in four sets on Saturday.

The tournament started with the Royals beating the hosts UFV Cascades in the quarterfinals on Thursday evening in four sets. Justin Faester led the charge for Douglas, collecting 11 kills, while Reid Marriott and Jerry Yan also collected 10 kills respectively. Setter Jared Collin was named player of the match for the Royals, chipping in an impressive 43 assists.

With that win, it set up a matchup in the Semis with the top-seeded VIU Mariners. Unfortunately, the Mariners held true to their ranking, and swept the Royals in three straight sets. Reid Marriott was named player of the match, collecting 16 kills in the loss.

The Royals battled hard to collect a bronze on Saturday evening against Capilano. Reid Marriott was once again a big factor, leading Douglas with a game-high 22 kills. Justin Faester, who was named player of the match, added 14 kills, three blocks, and two aces.

The Royals were also represented well in last week's conference awards, highlighted by first-year player Reid Marriott being named Rookie of the year in the PacWest. Marriott was also named a 1st team all-star, and all-rookie team. Marriott led the entire PacWest with 359 kills this year, averaging out to 4.22 kills per set. The next closest to the rookie in kills was VIU's Jeff Webb, who trailed Marriott by 53 kills. 

Other notables for Douglas included setter Jared Collin who was named a 2nd team all-star. Collin led the conference with 10.16 assists per set.