2018-19 Royals Volleyball Semester Recap

2018-19 Royals Volleyball Semester Recap

Douglas started their women's volleyball season with a pair of home wins against College of the Rockies. The following weekend saw a trip to the island to face the Camosun Chargers, where they grinded out a 3-2 win before a 3-0 sweep the next day. Their first loss of the season came during a Friday visit to the University of the Fraser Valley, but they beat the Cascades at home in the Saturday leg of the weekend series. Two losses to the undefeated VIU Mariners were followed by four straight victories against Columbia Bible College and Capilano University, three of which were 3-0 sweeps.

Libero Miranda Cyr was named PACWEST Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Week for the second week of the 2018-19 season, while middle blocker Olivia Cesaretti received the honour in week six.

The Royals have been outstanding as a team, getting excellent play from two of their outside hitters in particular - Caet McCorkell and Vania Olivera, who both currently place in the top five in kills per set and hitting percentage. Olivera also ranks in the top five in blocks per set, along with teammate Olivia Cesaretti.

Douglas is an offensive juggernaut, ranking second in the PACWEST for hitting percentage and third in kills per set. If there's one area hurting this otherwise phenomenal team, it's serving - the Royals rank last in the conference in total service aces with just 78. Service is much easier to work on in the middle of the season, though, and there's no reason that the Royals' can't improve in that area as the season progresses.

The Royals men's volleyball team came flying out of the gate to start the 2018-19 PACWEST season with three perfect weekends.  They didn't drop a set in their first two matches against the visiting College of the Rockies, or their home and away series with the UFV Cascades which extended their win streak to six. Their first visit to the island was a little tougher as they won 3-1 and 3-2 against the Camosun Chargers, but it wasn't until the 9th of November that Douglas was handed their first loss of the season, again on the island against VIU. The Royals have lost just once at home, against the team that shares their record - the 9-3 Capilano Blues. Capilano is tied with Douglas for second in an incredibly competitive PACWEST conference, with the Camosun Chargers leading the pack at 10-2 and the VIU Mariners close behind at 8-4. Reid Marriott was named the PACWEST Men's Volleyball Athlete of the Week for the opening week of the Royals' season. 

Douglas has been getting incredible play from their outside hitters, notably Reid Marriott and rookie Max Haronga who rank top five in the conference in kills per set. Three Royals outside hitters are top five in PACWEST hitting percentage - Haronga and Marriott, as well as Ben Shand. Greg Moore has been outstanding, ranking second in blocks per set, and setter Jared Collin leads the conference in assists per set with 9.65. Moore, Marriott and Haronga all rank in the top ten for service aces per set, with Haronga's 0.57 good for third in the conference. 

The Royals team stats are just as impressive. Douglas ranks first in the conference in kills per set, assists per set and service aces per set. They have the second highest blocks per set and hitting percentage, and the second fewest errors per set. The only areas which gives pause are service errors and blocking errors - the Royals have the most and second most in PACWEST respectively. But on the whole, this Royals men's volleyball team has been fantastic and will look to continue their excellent play in the new year.