2013-14 OUA East and West women’s volleyball major awards and all-stars announced


Source: OUA Communications

OUA announces 2014 women’s volleyball East divisionmajor awards and all-stars

HAMILTON, Ont. – Ontario University Athletics (OUA) ispleased to announce the OUA East division women’s volleyball majorawards and all-stars, sponsored by Mikasa Sports.

For the second year in a row, MVP honours have been bestowed on amember of the Ottawa Gee-Gees.

Myriam English (Orleans, Ont.) ledthe league with 4.75 PPG and dominated the East with 253 kills enroute to being named the OUA East player of the year. Englishtallied a CIS-leading 43 services aces on the season. Thefourth-year outside hitter adds the award to her already decoratedcareer, having been named to the OUA second team for the past threeseasons. This marks her first appearance on the OUA first team.

Toronto Varsity Blues right hitter Tessa Davis was a major asset tothe first place Blues and is the OUA East division rookie of theyear. The South Surrey, B.C. native led the Blues at the net with0.82 blocks per set. She also tallied 139 kills and 206 points inher freshman campaign. Davis’ win is the first rookie of the yearaward for Toronto since Ali Greey won in 2006.

Ryerson’s Julie Longman is the East division libero of the year.The rookie out of Newmarket, Ont. recorded an impressive 165 digsin just 44 sets, good enough for 10th in OUA, in her first OUAseason. Longman has also been named to the OUA East all-rookieteam.

Shannon Walsh of the Queen’s Gaels is the 2014 OUA East Award ofMerit winner, recognized for academics, athletics and communityservice. Walsh, a libero for her first four seasons, transitionedto setter in her final year. The Perth Road, Ont. native had 125assists and 50 digs in 16 matches. In addition to her leadership onthe court, Walsh maintained a high academic average and receivedglowing reviews in her education practicum evaluations as shecompleted her Bachelor of Education degree. In the community, Walshvolunteer-coached a variety of high school programs and campswithin the Kingston area, not only in volleyball but track andfield as well. She is the co-president of the Varsity LeadershipCouncil at Queen’s and is a campus leader in anti-hazingawareness.

Rounding out the 2014 East division major awards is this season’scoach of the year, Kristine Drakich. Drakich has been at the helmof the Blues’ program since 1989. Under her direction, the Blueshave qualified for 22 consecutive OUA final four appearances from1990-2011, winning the OUA championship banner seven times. In 2014she led Toronto to a 15-4 record for first place in the OUA East.This is the eighth time that Drakich has been recognized as the OUAcoach of the year. The Blues host the OUA Final Four this weekend(Feb. 22-23).

Joining her sister and teammate Myriam on the OUA East divisionfirst team is Gee-Gees’ outside hitter Kelsie English. A secondteam all-star in 2013, English was standout in her fourth season;she finished second in league scoring with 4.12 points per set andmatched her sister’s nation-leading 43 service aces.

A pair of Blues’ outside hitters joins the English sisters on theOUA East division first team. Fourth-year Charlotte Sider (Ottawa)led the Blues with 3.77 points per set and a career-high 275 pointson the season. Her 24 service aces rank her among the top ten inOUA. This is Sider’s third all-star honour, after being named tothe second team in 2013 and the first team in 2012. Fourth-yearJennifer Neilson (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) ranked second for the Blueswith 3.33 points per set and 23 blocks.

Ryerson’s Veronica Livingston (Kelowna, B.C.) and York’s MichellePierce (Windsor, Ont.) round out the OUA east division first team.Livingston was Ryerson’s top-scorer, posting 3.69 points per set on218 kills. The second-year offside hitter logged major minutes forthe 14-5 Rams to improve upon her all-rookie recognition from ayear ago.

Fourth-year middle blocker Pierce was a force for the Lions at thenet; her 0.78 blocks per set rank her third in the league and shefinished third in team scoring with 3.06 points per set.

The York Lions finished the season with a 14-5 record and BrittneyHopley (Thornhill, Ont.), Brandie Wilkerson (Innisfil, Ont.) andMelissa Humana-Parades (Toronto) are OUA second team all-stars. Thethree Lions are joined on the second team by sisters Katie andBrett Hagarty (Aurora, Ont.) from the Queen’s Gaels and Ryerson’sEmily Nicholishen (Whitby, Ont.).

In addition to Davis and Longman, the list OUA East divisionall-rookies include top freshmen Kristine Yan (Markham, Ont.) ofthe Ryerson Rams, Aleks Arsovics (Burlington, Ont.) of the YorkLions, Ottawa Gee-Gee Kaly Soro (Ottawa) and Queen’s Gael GabrielleDown (Kelowna, B.C.).

The Toronto Varsity Blues host the OUA Women’s Volleyball FinalFour from Saturday, Feb. 22-Sunday, Feb. 23. Mikasa Sports is theofficial sponsor of the OUA championship tournament.


Most Valuable Player – Myriam English – OttawaGee-Gees
Rookie of the Year – Tessa Davis – Toronto VarsityBlues
Libero of the Year – Julie Longman – Ryerson Rams
OUA Award of Merit – Shannon Walsh – Queen’s Gaels
Coach of the Year – Kristine Drakich – Toronto VarsityBlues


Myriam English – Ottawa Gee-Gees
Kelsie English – Ottawa Gee-Gees
Charlotte Sider – Toronto Varsity Blues
Jennifer Neilson – Toronto Varsity Blues
Veronica Livingston – Ryerson Rams
Michelle Pierce – York Lions


Brittney Hopley – York Lions
Brandie Wilkerson – York Lions
Melissa Humana-Parades – York Lions
Brett Hagarty – Queen’s Gaels
Katie Hagarty – Queen’s Gaels
Emily Nicholishen – Ryerson Rams


Tessa Davis – Toronto Varsity Blues
Julie Longman – Ryerson Rams
Aleks Arsovic – York Lions
Kaly Soro – Ottawa Gee-Gees
Gabrielle Down – Queen’s Gaels
Kristine Yan – Ryerson Rams


OUA announces 2014 women’s volleyball West divisionmajor awards and all-stars

HAMILTON, Ont. – Ontario University Athletics (OUA) ispleased to announce the women’s volleyball West division majorawards and all-stars, sponsored by Mikasa Sports.

Kaila Seguin (Windsor, Ont.) is the OUA West division player of theyear. The fifth-year middle led the third place Windsor Lancerswith 4.07 points per set and a league-high 265 kills. Seguin alsoposted 189 digs. The honour is Seguin’s third of her career; shewas named to the OUA second team in 2012 and was an all-rookie in2010.

The rookie of the year is Guelph Gryphon standout Madison Dedecker.A native of Dorchester, Ont., Dedecker led the Gryphons with 3.57points per set. The first-year left side hitter put away 181 killsin only 59 sets, while also contributing 123 digs from thebackcourt. Dedecker’s stellar season not only earned her rookie ofthe year status, but she’s also a first team all-star and OUA Westall-rookie. She is the first Gryphon to be named rookie of the yearsince 2003.

The libero of the year is Guelph’s Kristen Almhjell (Richmond,B.C.). The second-year Commerce and Real Estate student was aleader in the Gryphons’ backcourt, posting 300 digs for animpressive 4.17 digs per set, ranking her second in OUA and in thenation’s top 10. This is Almhjell’s first league honour.

For the second year in a row, a member of the McMaster Marauderstakes home the OUA Award of Merit. This season Amanda Weldon isbeing recognized for her achievements in academics, athletics andcommunity service. In 2013-14, the fifth-year setter captained theMarauders to second place in the West with a 13-6 record. Splittingduties with a teammate, the Hamilton, Ont. native recorded 6.16assists per set. Off the court, the Honours Life Science student isextremely active in the Hamilton community. A two-time participantin the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers, Weldon has raised over $3000dollars for the cause. She also lends her time to an executive rolewith McMaster’s highly regarded McMaster Athletes Care (MAC)community development program. With MAC, Weldon has participated inliterary campaigns, mentored young students and athletes andtraveled to Costa Rica to build homes. This is her first leaguerecognition.

Paul Funk is the 2014 OUA West division coach of the year. In hisninth season at the helm of the Guelph Gryphons, Funk has turned alosing program into a perennial championship challenger. Thisseason he coached the Gryphons to first place in the OUA West witha 14-5 record. This is his first OUA major award.

Joining Seguin and Dedecker on the OUA West first team is talentedMcMaster rookie Sophie Bukovec (Etobicoke, Ont.), Windsor middleblocker Shannon Dean (Whitby, Ont.), Brock Badger Shenise Power(North Vancouver, B.C.) and senior right side hitter StephanieKreuter (Rostock, Ont.) of the Western Mustangs.

Bukovec took the OUA by storm in her rookie campaign; she finishedtop five in league scoring with 3.79 points per set. An outsidehitter, Bukovec was the favoured target for the Marauders as her211 kills was 70 more than her next closest teammate. In additionto her work at the net, Bukovec had 149 digs and 20 service aces.Bukovec is also an all-rookie.

After being named an OUA all-rookie a year ago, Windsor’s ShannonDean avoided the sophomore slump in 2014. Dean’s 3.54 points perset finished just shy of the league top ten and she led the Lancerswith 0.63 blocks per set.

Right-side hitter Shenise Power led the Badgers (6-13) in herfourth-year with 3.46 points per set, 235 total points and 28.5total blocks. The all-star recognition is the first of hercareer.

Western’s Stephanie Kreuter finished in the top ten in leaguescoring with 3.59 points per set. She earned her first leaguehonour on the merit of 24 service aces, 24.5 total blocks, 217kills and 193 digs.

The Marauders will face the Toronto Varsity Blues in OUA Final Foursemifinal action this weekend and Taylor Brisebois (Bolton, Ont.)and Maicee Sorensen (Hamilton, Ont.) are OUA West second teamall-stars. Sorensen is also an OUA all-rookie. Joining the pair ofMarauders are Brock’s Lauren Stirling (Whitby, Ont.), Lakehead’sJorie Daymond (Ottawa), Western’s Candice Scott (Kitchener, Ont.)and Guelph Gryphon Alicia Combe-Dingwall (St. Catharines,Ont.).

In addition to Dedecker, Bukovec and Sorensen, the list of OUA Westdivision all-rookies include top freshmen Rachel Petcoff (London,Ont.) of the Guelph Gryphons, Western Mustang Katherine Tsiofas(Toronto), Brock Badger Alison Pumputis (London, Ont.) and EmilyMcClosky (Maidstone, Ont.) of the Windsor Lancers.


Player of the Year – Kaila Seguin – Windsor Lancers
Rookie of the Year – Madison Dedecker – GuelphGryphons
Libero of the Year – Kristen Almhjell – GuelphGryphons
Award of Merit – Amanda Weldon – McMaster Marauders
Coach of the Year – Paul Funk – Guelph Gryphons


Kaila Seguin – Windsor Lancers
Sophie Bukovec – McMaster Marauders
Shannon Dean – Windsor Lancers
Shenise Power – Brock Badgers
Stephanie Kreuter – Western Mustangs
Maddie Dedecker – Guelph Gryphons


Lauren Stirling – Brock Badgers
Jorie Daymond – Lakehead Thunderwolves
Alicia Combe-Dingwall – Guelph Gryphons
Maicee Sorensen – McMaster Marauders
Candice Scott – Western Mustangs
Taylor Brisebois – McMaster Marauders


Maddie Dedecker – Guelph Gryphons
Sophie Bukovec – McMaster Marauders
Rachel Petcoff – Guelph Gryphons
Maicee Sorensen – McMaster Marauders
Katherine Tsiofas – Western Mustangs
Alison Pumputis – Brock Badgers
Emily McClosky – Windsor Lancers

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