The Vancouver Island University Mariners men's volleyball team has been their own worst enemy this season.
Mental errors have killed them through the first three weeks of the Pacific Western Athletic Association season, and because of that, they sit at 1-5 and in last place.
With the Columbia Bible College Bearcats in town this weekend, they will have little room for those mistakes.
Getting a spit at the minimum will be critical for their season.
"The mind set for so long has been that it's early in the season. .. it's not early in the season any more," said head coach Abe Avender. "Every weekend is worth something."
This season, they are averaging almost 13 errors a set. That means they are gift wrapping almost half of the points needed for the other team to beat them. It's a tough proposition to continually put themselves in.
"If we can cut that in half, cause we've lost a lot of really close games, we win those games by five (points) or more," said Avender.
The Bearcats are coming to town loaded with a top veteran squad that includes former PacWest MVP Will Quiring, UBC-Okanagan transfer Leigh Goosen and the return of Jason Wakentin who was their setter on their national championship team.
"With a veteran group, you don't make those clueless errors and you have the chance to run some consistency," said Avender.
Hopes are they will be able to play off a boisterous home crowd at VIU gym.
"VIU should still be a place that teams hate coming to," said Avender. "It's a tough gym to play in. .. and I love having that home court advantage, and I think we need to find that back and own it early."
They play at 8 p.m. tonight and 3 p.m. on Saturday. They VIU women also play the Bearcats tonight at 6 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday.
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