Kepler, Marriott ace player of the week awards

Jane Kepler was an assists machine, leading the Douglas College Royals women's volleyball team to a pair of wins last weekend in PacWest league play.

The fourth-year setter totalled 124 over three days, including an impressive 49 on Saturday in a 3-2 marathon win over Camosun College.

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Douglas had to rally to pull out the win, after dropping the first set 25-16. With back-to-back 25-20 decisions, the Royals held the hammer but couldn't get the final point in the fourth set, which Camosun won 25-22.

It came down to extra point in the decisive fifth set, with the New West team coming out ahead 17-15.

Grace Mcgillivray and Grace Warkentin each tallied 15 kills on the day, while Emma Schill pounced for 12 kills and 11 digs.

The two teams met again on Sunday, and while the final score was a 3-0 sweep by the Royals, it was nothing of the sort. Camosun pushed each game but wilted in the final stages, with the hosts taking the sets 25-20, 25-21, 25-17.

Schill delivered her well-rounded effort with 12 kills and 10 digs, while Kepler finished with 23 assists.

The weekend started on Friday when Camosun upended Douglas 3-1 (25-23, 26-24, 13-25, 25-17).

Trish He counted 21 digs and Schill finished with 10 kills and 14 digs.

For her efforts, Kepler was named the PacWest's women's volleyball player of the week.

On the men's side, Reid Marriott posted impressive numbers en route to earning the PacWest men's player of the week award in a three-match sweep of Camosun.

On Friday, the Royals took a 3-1 victory, getting 20 kills from Max Haronga and 16 by Marriott, while libero John Colobong racked up 11 digs.

A day later, the hosts hung on for a 3-2 win, coming from behind 2-1 with a twin-set run (26-28, 25-23, 16-25, 25-23, 15-13).

Colobong's 31 digs set the table, with Marriott charting 23 kills and four digs, and Ben Shand and Haronga picking up 19 digs apiece.

They closed out the weekend with a 3-0 sweep on Sunday, led by 13 kills each by Haronga and Marriott, while Colobong registered 26 digs.

Douglas, which sits in a three-way tie for first place with Vancouver Island and Capilano University, each at 16-4, plays a home-and-home series against Columbia Bible College this weekend, including Saturday's 7 p.m. match at the New West campus.

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