This past weekend was a battle for top spot in the women’s division of PACWEST. With the departure of UBC Okanagan to the CIS and the emergence of UFV volleyball the past several years, the Vancouver Island University Mariners, PACWEST’s traditional powerhouse has a new institution to battle with for top spot. UFV has gone toe to toe with VIU this season and the weekend matches were a sign of the emerging rivalry between the two Universities.
UFV travelled to Nanaimo to play the reigning National Champions. With first place on the line this early in the season, it would prove to be an important weekend for both teams. It was however a tale of two matches for the Cascades. Friday night, the girls from Abbotsford did not play very well at all while the Mariners did. Krista Hogewoning was arguably UFV’s player of the weekend. Friday night’s match was a hard fought affair but VIU was able to secure the win with scores of 25-18, 25-21, 25-18. For Hogewoning’s part, she tallied 6 kills and 4 digs in the loss.
On Saturday, Hogewoning was switched from the Right Side to the Left Side and was a dominant force in that move. All weekend long she played well but it was on Saturday where she shined. “She is an exceptional passer, a deadly attacker, and as the game wore on VIU had to go to the bench to find someone to pass her serves.” Commented coach Bokenfohr. “In the more highlighted games of our first semester between the two top teams, she was the best player on our court. In the big games you need your best players being the best. That defined Krista’s performance on the weekend.” Hogewoning added 15 kills 2 aces and 21 serves in 4 sets, and chipped in 7 digs in Saturday’s rematch. UFV would win 3-1 to retain top spot in PACWEST.