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Apr. 28, 2011
Congratulations to all of this year's winners
The winning finalists for the City of Kelowna's 36th annual Civic & Community Awards were announced Wednesday evening at the Kelowna Community Theatre.
And the 2010 winners are…
Athletic Team of the Year - Bryan Couling Memorial Award
UBC Okanagan Women's Heat Volleyball Team
Heat Women cap off perfect season with second consecutive national title.
The team led by Championship MVP Alex Basso is the 2010 CCAA National Champion after winning the final against F-X Garneau Élans in three sets. The Quebec City team put up a good fight, but the attacks came from everywhere from the Okanagan squad. Congratulations to both teams who gave the spectators a great final!
The Heat were impressive and put on a show that will not be forgotten for quite some time. Setter Caitlin Nyhus (Penticton, BC) delivered the goods and her hitters responded, peppering the FX Garneau defense with powerful attacks. Championship MVP Alex Basso (Kelowna, BC) was good for 12 kills, Leigh Dreher (Prince George, BC) added 11 kills. Sara Zaytsoff (Langley, BC) added 12 points of her own with 4 blocks and 8 kills, including a kill score the championship point. Kirsten Lawson (Brandon, MB) had 6 kills and 2 blocks for points, Kaylan Gouldsborough (Summerland, BC) chipped in 5 kills. Libero rookie sensation Lenai Schmidt (Vernon, BC) was spectacular on defense and passed amazingly throughout the match and was the only libero selected to the all star teams.
It was a back and forth battle in the first set but FX Garneau were able to pull ahead midway through. When the Heat were down 14-18 in the first set, Leigh Dreher went back to the service line and run off 4 straight serves to tie things up, then Alycia Bradstock came into the match at 19-19 and served 5 straight points. UBC Okanagan came up with a couple of big plays that turned the tide for the rest of the match as they went on an 11-3 run to take the first set 25-21. The Heat jumped out to a couple of quick leads in the second set and never looked back from there winning 25-19 and convincingly in the 3rd set 25-12.
"FX Garneau is a great team and they played great tonight", added UBC O's Head Coach Steve Manuel. "They pushed us from the first serve and never quit but our crew played like true champions tonight and would not be denied this title. Our passing and defense was stellar which allowed us to run an almost unstoppable offense, add in some clutch serving and that was the recipe for success. I could not be prouder of the 12 athletes and my coaching staff of Karl Enns, Becki Kosinski and Jackie Wong for buying into what we had planned for the season and believing every step of the way that we would repeat as National Champions".
All-stars for the tournament:
First team: Catherine Laurin (FX Garneau), Eve Thibault (FX Garneau), Caitlin Nyhus (UBC Okanagan), Leigh Dreher (UBC Okanagan), Katie Graves (Red Deer College), Kaylene Ehret (MacEwan).
Second team: Audrey Poulin-Beaulieu (FX Garneau), Lenai Schmidt (UBC Okanagan), Quin Schulzke (Red Deer College), Jessica Clutton (Red Deer College), Lindsay McLoughlin (Vancouver Island University), Landis Doyle (Humber College)
MVP: Outside hitter Alex Basso (UBC Okanagan)
The facts tell the story of this championship team.
The UBC Okanagan Heat Women's Volleyball team could not have hoped for or dreamed of a much better season from start to finish. The highlight of course would be that the Heat won their second straight BCCAA Provincial and CCAA National banners but there was much more to be proud of. Here are some highlights and quick facts:
1. The Heat graduated 3 starters from the 2008-09 Championship team including National Championship MVP Sheila McNee, and National Championship all starts Kailey Buller and Erin Kolmatycki.
2. This season the Heat went undefeated in league play at 16-0, 2-0 at the BCCAA Championship and 3-0 and the CCAA National Championship
3. The team had an incredible won-loss record in sets as well as not losing a match all season. They went 63 sets won - 3 sets lost and did not lose a single set after January 15th.
4. The last time the Heat lost a match was on Jan 17, 2009, 32 matches ago.
5. The Heat team successfully completed 192 courses with only 2 unsuccessful ones during their two championship seasons. This 99% pass rate shows the dedication of these student athletes in the classroom as well as on the playing field.
6. The Heat won the maximum amount of individual student athlete awards including:
Alex Basso - BCCAA Player of the Year, CCAA Player of the Year, CCAA All Canadian, BCCAA First Team All Star, Provincial and National Championships MVP. National Female Athlete of the Year Across All CCAA Sports by the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association.
Caitlin Nyhus - BCCAA First Team All Star, BCCAA Provincial and CCAA National Championship First Team All Star, CCAA Academic All Canadian
Leigh Dreher - BCCAA First Team All Star, CCAA All Canadian, CCAA National Champ. First Team All Star
Sara Zaytsoff - BCCAA Second Team All Star
Jill Festival - BCCAA Rookie of the Year, BCCAA All Star Rookie Team
Lenai Schmidt - BCCAA All Star Rookie Team, CCAA Championship Second Team All Star
The 2009/2010 Heat team members are:
1 Alycia Bradstock - Richmond, BC
2 Jillian Festival - Calgary, AB
3 Kaylan Gouldsborough - Penticton, BC
4 Alex Basso - Kelowna, BC
5 Amanda Magyar - Calgary, AB
6 Leigh Dreher - Prince George, BC
7 Lindsay Loseth - Kelowna, BC
8 Caitlin Nyhus - Penticton, BC
9 Robin Browne - Calgary, AB
11 Lenai Schmidt - Vernon, BC
15 Kirsten Lawson - Brandon, MB
16 Sara Zaytsoff - Langley, BC