Last weekend the all four Bearcats teams played their final regular season games. Although the record for the 2016-2017 season was not incredible, every team ended off very strong.
Thursday had the Bearcats hosting the UFV Cascades at Columbia Place. This cross town rivalry brought out a large crowd. Women’s volleyball came up first but could not beat the Cascades and ended up losing 3 sets to 1. Although the game only went to 4 sets, the Bearcats put on quite a show coming out of the gates with a lot of power, taking the Cascades 25-12. However, they could not continue the momentum and fell 3 straight sets to the Cascades. Men’s volleyball had a harder time as they came up against the number 2 ranked Cascades. Although they lost in 3 straight sets the Bearcats put on quite a show giving some of the best plays Columbia Place had seen all season, including a great dig off Mark Goertzen’s face, another dig off Curtis Stelzer’s foot and a huge off the block kill from Ben Smith who hit the ball straight off the setters head and into the rafters.
Friday the basketball teams took on the VIU Mariners. The CBC crowd that came out on Thursday returned on Friday to give the Bearcats as much support as possible. Although both teams fell to the Mariners they were two great games.
Saturday showed some of the best basketball Columbia Place had seen all season. The games started out by honouring our Senior Athletes Mandy van Delden and Vanessa Funk who have played with the Bearcats through all 5 years of their eligibility. This lead to a great game by both girls against the Camosun Chargers. While Vanessa only scored 7 points for the game, she lead her team through an amazing game with 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Although the stat numbers seem low, Vanessa had a great game in leading the Bearcats in her last game as a player and captain. Mandy van Delden had the best game of her career as she put up 34 points for the game. Mandy shot 12 for 21 in field goal range, 4 for 6 outside the 3 point line, and 6 for 7 on the free throw line. Mandy also finished the game with 6 steals and 6 assists. Although the Bearcats fell to the Chargers 79-74, it was by far the best game of their season and definitely did not feel like a loss. Men’s basketball saw a great game against the Chargers.
Elijah Calhoun and Umbori Watson both put up 22 points a piece and 1st year Michael Olive had a great game putting up 20 points of his own. The men went to own the entire game and had their first win of the season. They beat the Chargers 99-88.
Saturday and the Bearcats season ended with volleyball at UFV where the women fell to the Cascades in the first two set, but came back in the 3rd to win the set as well as the 4th. The women couldn’t quite push through the 5th set and lost to the Cascades 3 sets to 2. But the game was one to remember as the girls had quite a few great plays that kept them within reach of the win. The men had their last game and Ethan Larsen had his first start as Libero. Although the Cascades took the game 3-0, the Bearcats fought with all they had and left nothing on the court for the last games. The CBC crowd also put some spirit into the end of the season as a large crowd followed the teams to UFV to cheer on their Bearcats in their final games of the season.
Now the season is over and the coaches and teams are gearing up for next year. Stay tuned for more announcements and events happening with Columbia Bible College Athletics.