Lars Bornemann was the top recruit in BC last year and headlined The Province’s Head of the Class edition as well as earning the high school player of the year, and in his first season at UBC Okanagan he powered his way to the Canada West All-Rookie Team.
“Lars’ contributions to our program as a freshman are immeasurable,” head coach Greg Poitras says when asked about Lars being named a member of the Canada West All-Rookie Team, explaining that his first year player played nothing like a rookie. Bornemann played with veteran poise and a showed strong leadership skills from his first days on campus.
If you were to try and measure Bornemann’s importance to the Heat his numbers show that it was quantifiable.
The 6-3 outside hitter from Victoria’s Oak Bay Secondary finished the season as the Heat’s second leading scorer with 185.5 points, averaging 2.2 points per set, and he was second only to graduating Nate Speijer in most offensive categories on the young squad. Bornemann finished behind his upperclassman on the team in kills (148), service aces (14), and total attacks (477). His 1.85 kills per set was third, as he was in digs with 127.
“He competes like a warrior,” points out head coach Greg Poitras on his prized freshman. “He earned the right to play in every match this year.”
As a freshman Lars earned the start in his very first league match and never looked back as he started all 22 matches for the Heat, one of only two players to answer the bell every game, Lars was tops on the team with 86 sets played on the season.
With Nate Speijer finishing his time with the program this season, Bornemann – Poitras’ ‘Warrior’ – will present Lars with lots of opportunities to improve on his offensive numbers and help carry the Heat back to the Canada West post season, especially after with his All-Rookie first year under his belt.
“We are very excited for what is in store for Lars in the future,” finishes Poitras.
Lars joins Michelle Jakszuk of the women’s volleyball team as members on their respective Canada West All-Rookie teams, Lars joins Speijer of the as the only members of men’s volleyball team to earn Canada West awards in the first three years; Speijer was named to the Canada West All-Star (Second Team) in 2011/2012.
Other women volleyball players to earn hardware since UBC Okanagan made the jump to the Canada West conference of the CIS are: Katy Klomps, who was named to the Canada West All-Star (Second Team) this season, Emily Oxland, who earned Canada West All-Star and CIS All-Rookie team nods in 2012-2013, Steve Manuel, who was named Canada West Coach of the Year and CIS Coach of the Year in 2012-2013.
For the Canada West men’s volleyball awards release visit: http://www.canadawest.org/news/2014/2/21/MVB_0221142646.aspx
MVP: Brad Gunter, Thompson Rivers
Rookie of the Year: Adam Schriemer, Trinity Western
Libero of the Year: Jordan Or, Mount Royal
Dale Iwanoczko Student-Athlete Award nominee: Colin Carson, Thompson Rivers
Coach of the Year: Ben Josephson, Trinity Western
ALL-STARS (alphabetical by surname)
First Team Second Team
Ryley Barnes, AB Dan Boutwell, Bran
Ben Chow, UBC Colin Carson, TRU
Nick Del Bianco, TWU Colton deMan, MRU
Brad Gunter, TRU Tom Douglas-Powell, Wpg
Milan Nikic, UBC Bryan Fraser, Sask
Lucas Van Berkel, TWU Greg Mann, Cgy
David Bommersbach, Winnipeg
Lars Bornemann, UBC Okanagan
Adam DeJonckheere, Manitoba
Riley Friesen, Mount Royal
Adam Schriemer, Trinity Western
Keith West, Calgary
Previous selections / awards by this year’s winners…
Ben Chow, UBC 2011 CIS All-Rookie
Nick Del Bianco, TWU 2013 1st CIS All Cdn 2011 CIS All-Rookie
Colton deMan, MRU 2013 2nd All-Star
Bryan Fraser, Sask 2013 2nd All-Star
Milan Nikic, UBC 2013 2nd All-Star
Ben Josephson 2012 CIS Coach of the Year
Award winners are now finalists for national awards, to be handed out by Canadian Interuniversity Sport at 2014 CIS Nationals, hosted February 27 to March 1 at Jack Simpson Gym on the University of Calgary campus
About Canada West Universities Athletic Association
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