Women’s volleyball player, Kendra Wayling was a Swiss Army Knife for her team this year. For her efforts on the court, in the locker room, and in the classroom she was rewarded with UBC Okanagan’s most prestigious award for a student-athlete tonight as she awarded the UBC Okanagan Female Athlete of the Year.
Kendra, in her third year of competition, played a significant role in her team’s success throughout the season. Beginning the season as starting middle-blocker, team circumstances and her strong athletic ability meant that over the course of the season she started at every position on the floor. When those circumstances required she start at setter, she did that too – even though she had never set a match in her life – and she did against the universities of Calgary, Regina, Brandon and Thompson Rivers. Despite this set of adversity her team won six games in Canada West, a remarkable feat and had the team not faced adversity during the season those loses in the fifth set might have turned out differently.
The women’s volleyball team has now won this award five consecutive years, and 12 awards in total.
The other nominees were: Roslyn Huber (Basketball), Alana Kent (Golf), and Sabrina Gasparac (Soccer). To view all the award winners at the banquet click here: [Link].
The women’s golf nominee Alana Kent, is in her third year competing for the Heat, and playing a key role on the third straight Provincial Championship won by the women’s golf team. This student athlete was a dominant force on the golf course finishing second in two of the four league tournaments and placing fourth in the other two. She ended the season in fourth place in the PACWEST and went on to win the individual silver medal at CCAA Nationals in Prince Edward Island. Recognized there as a National Championship Tournament All-Star.
Sabrina Gasparac is in her fourth year competing for the Heat, and is starting to pile up some amazing numbers; this goal keeper led the Heat to an 11-1 regular season record and a Provincial Silver medal. Her record over the past two year’s now stands at 25-3. A two-time Provincial All-Star, she played nearly every minute of every game, finished the 12-game season with 6 shut-outs and a league leading goals against average of 0.51. The recipient of her team’s Leadership Award, Sabrina was a natural candidate to be the women’s soccer nominee.
The Women’s Basketball nominee is co-captain Roz Huber. Huber is in her fourth year competing for the Heat, this student-athlete really stepped up her game to compete in the CIS. She finished the season averaging 13.6 points per game food enough to finished 10th in Canada West in scoring. Third on her team in rebounding and minutes played she shot 48% from the field, the 17th best in the CIS. A provincial all-star and provincial championships tournament all last year and this year’s MVP, Huber did everything for her team this year to earn her nomination.