A pair of middle blockers for the UBC Okanagan Heat have earned All-Star honours for the Canada West regular season campaign, as fourth-years Katy Klomps (Surrey, BC) and Katie Wuttunee (N. Vancouver, BC) were named to the 1st team and 2nd team, respectively.
For Katy Klomps this her second straight All-Star nod and Wuttanee is a first time All-Star.
UBC Okanagan, this is the fourth and fifth Canada West All-Star awards overall for the institution since it joined the Canada West Universities Athletic Association in September of 2011. Along with Klomps' award last year Emily Oxland earned an all-star with the women’s volleyball team in her first season (2012/13) and Nate Speijer of the men’s volleyball team was named to the all-star team in the 2011/12 season.
Katy Klomps is putting quite a career together at UBC Okanagan and rewriting the Canada West record books in the process. A four year starter for coach Steve Manuel's 19-win club Klomps was instrumental in the team's ascent to the top of the Canada West standings and rise to consistently being ranked 1,2, or 3 in Canada.
After four regular season Klomps is currently second-all time in regular season career total blocks and blocks per set in Canada West with 407 total blocks and 1.35 blocks per set.
This seasson (2014/15) Klomps’ talllied 135 total blocks this season is a new Canada West record that Katy owns with Alicia Perrin, who also recorded 135 total blocks this season.
Perrin, a fifth-year middle at Trinity Western University, is the career leader in blocks, and the only player with more blocks than Katy in a career, Perrin’s total record stands at 512, a mark Klomps could surpass next season.
In addition, Klomps’ blocks-per-set ratio has steadily climbed over her four years thus far, from 1.08 in 2011/12 to 1.30 in 2012/13, 1.42 in 2013/14 and now 1.59 in 2014/15, bringing her career blocks/set to 1.35. Perrin currently sits atop that category as well with a career blocks/set after five years of 1.39 with Klomps leapfrogging into second place.
Klomps already holds the record as well for total blocks in a single match at 15, acquired on November 2, 2013 vs. Mount Royal. She also is tied for the record for most blocks in a single playoff game. Katy's 11 versus Mount Royal on February 15, 2013 is tops along with two others.
“This is her second straight All-Star and she now is no doubt one of the best blockers in the nation,” Katy's head coach Steve Manuel says. “A true game changer. Her work at the net is something other teams have to prepare for and many times it doesn't matter what they do because she will still affect the game in some way. But it is not just on defense that Katy will impact a game for us, she is consistently one of our best options on offense; and her quiet leadership and strength is something that the coaching staff values and even relies on at time to get us through tough stretches during a match,” explains Manuel.
Offensively, Katy averaged 1.61 kills per set this season and her .331 attack percentage was good for third best in the conference. Katy earned a Canad West Second-Star of the week in October with a dominant performance over Manitoba.
Wuttunee has been Klomps' running mate as volleyball netminders all-season long, completing the most imposing defensive tandem at the net this season.
The North Vancouver native is now into her third year on the Heat bench, having transferred from Capilano college. She would play in 21 matches season, seeing 82 sets of action. In that time she accumulated 71 total blocks at a clip of 0.87 blocks per set, good for 16th in each category.
Where Klomps brings more an defensive edge to the middle, Wuttunee brought a bit more offensive punch to the lineup, also tacking on 174 total kills for the season, third on her team, 30th overall in the conference. Her efficiency on the attack was most notable, as she was 2nd in Canada West with a .334 rating.
"Her numbers say it all," Manuel had to say of Wuttunnee. "Right up until the last [couple of weekends] of league play she was leading the conference in hitting percentage, and her blocking is getting better."
Wuttunee claims the team's third award, being named a Second-Team All-Star.
"She's just a big part of everything we're doing, she's bought in to what we're preaching, and what we're doing as a team," Manuel added. "She's a wonderful teammate, and I can't say enough about what she does for us."
For the Canada West women’s volleyball awards release visit: http://www.canadawest.org/sports/wvball/2014-15/releases/20150213Awards
Complete list of 2014-15 Canada West Women’s Volleyball Awards winners:
Most Valuable Player: Rachel Cockrell, Manitoba
Rookie of the Year: Kate Pexman, Calgary
Libero of the Year: Donata Huebert, Brandon
Coach of the Year: Natalie Gurnsey, Calgary
Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Jordhynn Guy, Calgary
2014-15 Canada West First Team All-Stars (repeat-winners in bold):
Meg Casault, Alberta
Rachel Cockrell, Manitoba
Donata Huebert, Brandon
Katy Klomps, UBC Okanagan
Iuliia Pakhomenko, Thompson Rivers
Alicia Perrin, Trinity Western
2014-15 Canada West Second Team All-Stars (repeat-winners in bold):
Danielle Brisebois, UBC
Sophie Carpentier, Trinity Western
Jordhynn Guy, Calgary
Dione Lang, Alberta
Michelle Sweeting, Regina
Katie Wuttanee, UBC Okanagan
2014-15 Canada West All-Rookie Team:
Nikala Majewski, Brandon
Kate Pexman, Calgary
Alex Runge, Mount Royal
Kalena Schulz, Manitoba
Beth Vinnell, Calgary
Erica Walsh, Alberta