Monday, February 27, 2012

Douglas College Royals go to nationals

By Josh Martin, Sports Editor, The Other Press

Men's volleyball

It all started on Friday afternoon when the men’s volleyball team took on the CBC Bearcats in a heated semi-final battle. All-stars Jeff Taylor (first team all-star selection), Rex Fenton (second team all-star selection) and Graham Stoliker (all-rookie team selection) were honoured prior to the match for their all-star status and shortly after that the game commenced.

The Royals started off a little shaky against the Bearcats, coming out of the gates to a slow start counter to the Bearcats' immediate presence. Down 17–11 at one point, the Royals found their game faces and turned up the heat, marking a comeback to tie it up at 22–22 apiece. From then on the play was even keeled, with points going back and forth. At 29–28 in favour of the Royals, Taylor sent a tip over the Bearcats' wall of blockers to take the game 30–28.

The Royals took that momentum right into the second game, dominating the Bearcats with an 8–0 start and eventually winning 25–17. The third and final game looked like it would go right down to the wire, with the score 19–18 for the Royals. However, they decided to kick it into full throttle and score six unanswered points to finish the Bearcats off 25–18. Jeff Taylor received player of the match for the Royals.

With a semi-final win, the Royals would face-off against the number one team overall in the league, the VIU Mariners, in a Saturday night contest. How fitting. They took the match 3–1 (25–20, 22–25, 25–19, and 31–29) in a thrilling victory which saw the gymnasium at Douglas College erupt as the Royals scored their final point of the evening, sending them to the nationals.

Sam Shaw received the player of the match award with a notable 19 kills, while Taylor was awarded the Tournament MVP.

The 2012 CCAA men’s volleyball championships are being hosted by the CBC Bearcats at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford March 8–12.

Women's volleyball

The women’s volleyball team fell against the Capilano University Blues in the quarterfinals last Thursday, 3–0 (28–26, 25–14, and 25–19) to finish off their volleyball season, forcing them to watch the rest of the playoffs from the stands and to cheer for the men’s team as they marched to the finals. The number one team in the league, the VIU Mariners took home the women’s gold medal in a final contest against the number two team, the UFV Cascades, by a score of 3–0 (25–19, 25–23, 25–12).

The Mariners will be hosting the women’s volleyball national championships in Nanaimo from March 8–10.

Badminton

The Royals badminton team is also going to the national championships, sending eight players to Thompson Rivers University March 1–3. At the provincials, the Royals dominated, going 23–2 in the team event to take first place and capture their seventh consecutive Provincial Team Championship.

The men’s doubles team, made up of the dangerously dynamic Lou Wei and Simon Wu, went an impressive 3–0, winning their final match to capture the gold medal against the Kwantlen Eagles 21–17, 21–17. Both players earned a league all-star award for their absolute dominance throughout the year and will be travelling to the nationals on Team BC 1.

Women’s doubles partners Lisa Chen and Amy Leung won four out of five matches, losing in the finals to Veronica Yeung and Rosalynn Chong, 7–21, 19–21. They will be going to the nationals with their silver medal on Team BC 2.

Mixed doubles partners Charmagne Yeung and Logan Campbell will be travelling to the nationals on Team BC 1 as they won straight sets in each match in their event, taking home gold. Yeung was awarded a league all-star while partner Campbell received top honours being named the Male Athlete of the Year in PacWest Badminton.

The women’s singles player, RuiLin Huang, took home her fourth consecutive Provincial Championship, winning all her games in straight sets. Langara’s Alisa Young was simply no match for Huang as she showed no mercy, taking the match 21–6, 21–8. Now Huang will travel to Nationals with Team BC 1, in attempt to win her fourth consecutive National Title. She also won the Female Athlete of the Year honours in PacWest Badminton.

And last but surely not least, men’s singles player Bob Sharma will be going to Nationals on Team BC 2 with his silver medal after losing to Luke Couture from Langara 21–14, 21–19, and 21–19.

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