Vancouver Island University Mariners’ fifth year leftside Milo Warren put together two huge matches over the weekend in North Vancouver to earn Pacific Western Athletic Association (PacWest) Athlete of the Week for men’s volleyball.
The former Highland Raider stalwart was almost unstoppable in both matches against Capilano, combining for 54 total points over the weekend. During Friday night’s match Warren put together an offensive display, finishing with 20 kills in the 3-0 victory against the Blues. His strong leadership was instrumental in the Mariners’ ability to close out the each of the close sets.
Warren has been eager to put together a complete match from start to finish and he did just that on Friday night, said Ms’ spokesperson Brent Dunlop.
On Saturday the Mariners came out with a very strong start and Warren picked up right where he left off on Friday. After the incredible offensive impact he had on Friday night, Warren was able to put up even better numbers up in the 3-1 Mariners’ victory. His offence continued to explode with 29 more kills. When the
Mariners let the third set slide after being up 23-20, Warren came into the fourth set with even more incentive to finish the match. He made sure the Mariners came out on top with seven more kills.
“His final weekend stats demonstrate his ability to take over a match,” Dunlop said. “Warren has become a huge factor in the
Mariners’ success this season. He finished the weekend with 49 kills, five blocks, eight digs and one service ace.”
Warren returned to the Mariners for his fifth and final season as a student-athlete after spending a year with the UBC Thunderbirds. “He is going to be a massive piece of this year’s VIU Mariner men’s volleyball team,” head coach Abe Avender said when announcing Warren’s return.
Among Warren’s accomplishments are first team league all-star in 2008-09, provincial gold and national silver in 2006-07 and provincial silver in 2007-08.
After putting together another strong two-win weekend, the Mariners’ season record has climbed to 17-3 atop the PacWest standings and they are ranked #2 nationally. Warren is second in PacWest in kills and third in aces.
– VIU Mariners