This weekend should be a very exciting and entertaining one at Camosun as the Chargers (11-7) host the Capilano Blues (9-7) with second place in the standings on the line.
Both teams split their matches last weekend and have stalled in their last 10, winning just four times.
The Chargers have been brilliant at home this season, with an 8-1 record and have been led offensively by Michelle Zygmunt all season. The Abbotsford native leads the Conference with 237 kills and 281 total offensive points. After her however the Chargers offensive production drops off. Kathryn Fetting has collected 155 kills and Megan Beckett has 101.
Clearly the Blues' blockers will try to slowdown Zygmunt, but she's been able to still find her points. The Blues have four of the Conference's best blockers in Kolby Richter, Kira Sutcliffe, Keeley Bell and Danae Shephard. Combined they have tallied 118 blocks this season, 15 of which against the Chargers in their first meeting November 20-21st. Richter who leads the Blues with 37 blocks, didn't even play.
In the meeting in November the Blues swept the Chargers in North Vancouver, with the second match going the distance. Zygmunt was the top threat for the visitors collecting 29 kills, while the Blues countered with the duo of Sutcliffe and Alexis Sebok who combined for 51 kills over the weekend.
For the Blues offensively both Sutcliffe and Sebok need to have a big weekend. Sutcliffe is the only other player in the Conference to have over 200 kills this season (207) and Sebok has recorded 156.
The Chargers will have their work cut out for them. They have just one blocker in the Conference's top 15, but their digs have been solid. Mychaela Roelants leads her team with 199 digs and Fetting has collected 151.
Both teams are very balanced and this should be an evenly fought match. The Blues won in straight matches in November on their home floor but are just 1-8 on the road this season. The Chargers and their stellar home record will try and take advantage and even the seasonal series. Friday night these two will open at 6:00pm, then face each other on Saturday beginning at 1:00pm at Camosun.
Ryan Watters - PACWEST Media