KELOWNA, B.C. – The seventh annual Athletics Awards Banquet took place at the Coast Capri Hotel Tuesday night and four distinguished female athletes were the recipients of this year’s headline awards in the new, streamlined format for this year’s ceremony.
For a complete list of this year’s nominees and detailed descriptions for each award, see the banquet preview. For a list of all award winners and those otherwise recognized at the banquet, see the recap of the big night.
Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year – Katy Klomps (Volleyball)
It was a big night for fourth-year and Surrey native Klomps, who brought home several awards, including becoming the school’s first ever CIS All-Canadian before being crowned with the night’s final award. Her volleyball exploits for the year were historic, ranking number one in the country in total blocks, blocks per set, and number two for hitting percentage. Her numbers this year pushed her to second all-time in regular season career total and per set blocks with 407 and 1.35, respectively, topped only by Trinity Western’s graduating middle Alicia Perrin. She is the current record holder for total blocks in a single regular season match at 15 and in a playoff match at 11.
For her exploits, Klomps would be named a Canada West All-Star for the second time in two years, and was a two-time Canada West Athlete of the Week. This is the first time since 2003-04 that a student athlete at the school has won this prestigious and ultimate award at the banquet two years in a row.
Student Athlete of the Year – Hayley Carlson (Soccer) and Chandler Proch (Volleyball)
The revamped Student Athlete of the Year award was received by two players in women’s soccer’s Carlson and women’s volleyball’s Proch.
Carlson will graduate from her program this year, but will leave it as a first-class academic in the classroom and first-rate athlete on the turf. She was the squad’s top goal scorer and was received four Player of the Game awards, never missing a single minute of time on the field during the 2014 fall season. Her offensive exploits are impressive in her role as a defender, and the co-captain will leave with five career goals to her name.
After sharing time with former Canada West All-Star and All-Rookie teammate Emily Oxland at the setter spot last year, the senior Proch would find herself more often at the starting spot in the position this year as she coordinated her team’s offense towards a staggering 19 win and top place finish. She would get the call for every postseason match as the squad wrapped up fourth overall at the Final Four. Proch finished 14th overall in the conference in total and per set assists with marks of 414 and 4.81, respectively.
Graduating Player of the Year – Myrte Schön (Volleyball)
Schön was an integral part of the program for the past five years, leading the team to its 2011 PACWEST championship title and then through the transition to multiple Canada West playoff appearances despite infancy in the CIS. She currently holds the single-match kill record at UBC Okanagan with 23 and is eighth all-time at the school for total kills with 483. Coming off the bench this season, the outside hitter racked up one kill and one dig per set, and had a monster weekend at Mount Royal January 29-30 in which she tallied 21 kills for the weekend.
Rookie of the Year – Courtney Hemmerling (Soccer) and Vanessa Botteselle (Basketball)
The second duo award for the night saw first-year’s Hemmerling and Botteselle shine through.
Hemmerling proved early on that she was ready for the big league as the soccer teams transitioned into Canada West for the first time. She recorded her first career goal in Heat uniform September 13th versus Trinity Western, and notched her second and final goal of the season two weeks later in Langley against the same team. A quick and agile forward, Hemmerling inhabited a starting role all season long and will only continue to get better with time.
Botteselle was a regular component of her team’s rotation, logging thirteen minutes per contest in a bench role. Quickly developing into a valuable playmaker at the point guard slot, she also recorded 65% in free-throw shooting for the night. She averaged just shy of 4 points and 2 rebounds per game, respectively. Botteselle played in each of the team’s twenty matchups.