Canada West Athletes of the Week

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EDMONTON – CIS volleyball gold medalists and Tournament MVPs Lisa Barclay of UBC and Ben Ball from Trinity Western are the Canada West Athletes of the Week.

 MALE: Ben Ball, Trinity Western (volleyball)

Trinity Western University setter Ben Ball capped off a spectacular season, which had TWU finish 34-2 against CIS competition, as he was named CIS tournament MVP after leading the Spartans to the CIS championship gold medal with a 3-1 victory over Laval University Sunday afternoon at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

In addition to tournament MVP and tournament all-star honours, the fifth year General Studies student was named CIS men’s volleyball Player of the Year and CIS first team all-Canadian at Thursday morning’s CIS awards breakfast.

On Friday evening Ball led the Spartans to a 3-0 victory over the Dalhousie Tigers to advance to the medal round of the tournament. For his efforts in the 25-14, 25-22, 25-17 win Ball was named Player of the Match for Trinity Western.

Against host Queen’s University he the Spartans to a 3-0 victory, 25-20, 25-13, 25-14. In Sunday’s final against Laval, Ball had 39 assists as he led the Spartans to the 19-25, 25-19, 25-17, 30-28 victory, hitting at 40 per cent.

Ball finished the tournament with 38, 26, and 39 assists in each match which saw TWU hit for 46.8 percent against No. 8 Dalhousie, 36.6 percent against No. 5 Queen’s and 40 percent against No. 3 Laval.

The Abbotsford, B.C. native concludes his TWU career with two CIS gold medals a CIS silver medal and a Canada West conference championship.

FEMALE: Lisa Barclay, UBC (volleyball)

In just her second year, outside hitter Lisa Barclay was named the Most Valuable Player of the CIS women’s volleyball championships in Hamilton as she propelled the UBC Thunderbirds to their fifth consecutive national title.

The Brandon, Manitoba native came up big and scored points for UBC at crucial moments in all three wins at the national championships.

In the dramatic, five-set win over Alberta in the tournament final, she led UBC with 12 kills and five service aces. Barclay ended the day with 18.5 points and was also named the Thunderbirds’ player of the game in the final.

UBC used a 9-1 run to take the opening set against Alberta 25-21. Five of those points came on Barclay’s serve.

In the national semi-final against Montreal, Barclay’s serving helped UBC win the crucial third set. She nailed three aces in the final four serves of the set to give the Thunderbirds a come-from-behind win. UBC would win the match in four.

Barclay finished the national championships with ten service aces, the most in the tournament. She also finished sixth in points and hitting percentage.

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