PACWEST Athletes of the Week – Week 19

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Elijah Calhoun
CBC Bearcats
Men’s Basketball

In only his first year with the Bearcats, Elijah Calhoun (Brooklyn, NY) is proving to be a talented all-around player, both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. In addition, Calhoun has also emerged a leader on the court through his communication and his play. On February 13th, Elijah helped lead the Bearcats to their second win of the season by taking over much of the game, scoring inside and out. Calhoun not only helped lead CBC to a win, but he did so racking up 30 pts. He backed up his 30 points with 12 rebounds and 7 assists, finishing just short of the triple double.

 

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Sienna Pollard
VIU Mariners
Women’s Basketball

Sienna Pollard (Auburn WA) had another big night in the third installment of the ‘Island Rivalry’. Sienna had 23 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in a 52-39 win over Camosun Saturday night. “Sienna continues to put up big numbers every night while also anchoring our defensive with her shot blocking ability.”

 

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Leigh Goossen
CBC Bearcats
Men’s Volleyball

In his second season as a Bearcat, Leigh Goossen (Kelowna, BC) continues to be a dominant force in the middle. This past weekend the Bearcats were up against the best in BC, the Douglas College Royals. Goossen had a fantastic weekend for the Bearcats. On Friday night he had eight kills, five blocks and a service ace in just three sets. On Saturday night in five sets he had 20 kills, three blocks, and two aces.

 

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Hilary Graham
Camosun Chargers
Women’s Volleyball

This past weekend Hilary Graham (Courtenay, BC) and the Chargers hosted the upstart College of the Rockies Avalanche at the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence at Camosun College in Victoria BC. The Chargers have steadily increased their lead at the top of the PACWEST standings while the Avalanche have rapidly ascended into the top four in the standings heading into the action on the weekend. Hilary Graham has donned the #11 jersey for five seasons in the PACWEST. A two-time league All-Star, Hilary aided the Chargers cause with an impressive 4.5 points per set over the weekend as the Chargers defeated the Avalanche 3-1 (25-23, 27-29, 25-22, 25-21) on Saturday and again 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-22) on Sunday. “Hilary’s point production over the weekend against an opponent that makes it extremely difficult to put the ball away was impressive,” said head coach Chris Dahl. Hilary has been a consistent presence on the PACWEST leader board for years now, but has increased her offensive totals as the Chargers approach the PACWEST Championships, which will be hosted at Camosun February 26-28, 2015. “As an accomplished All-Star she’s finding ways to improve her play, even in her fifth year. It’s the small things that are important to our game as we continue to seek success as a unit on the floor. Hilary’s performance of late suggests that we’re getting closer to that special time of the year. The league’s elite players and teams zero in on peak performance. Hilary is starting to do that alongside her teammates. Playoffs are just around the corner and we’re looking forward to welcoming the rest of the PACWEST to Camosun College and Victoria,” said Dahl.

 

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Matt Chan
Langara Falcons
Men’s Badminton

Second-year business student Matt Chan (Calgary, AB) is no stranger to the court this season. The former 2014 PACWEST Men’s Singles Champion brought outstanding results this weekend at the 2015 PACWEST Provincial Championships hosted by KPU. Matt not only went undefeated in both the team and individual events, but he also helped the Falcons capture the PACWEST Conference Championship title for the second year in a row. Saturday’s team event was crucial as the winner would take home the provincial title. Matt’s first opponent was VIU’s Graydon Robb. The Mariner pushed Matt to three sets with Matt losing the first set 17-21. The Falcon’s determination led him to come back and fight hard to take the next two sets 21-19, 21-18. In the second round, Matt dominated against KPU’s Lawson Chan. Matt breezed through the match winning 21-5, 21-6. Sunday was the individual qualifying for nationals. Matt’s first opponent was VIU’s Connor Powell where he defeated the Mariner 21-8, 21-12. A nationals berth was in sight as Matt faced KPU’s Lawson Chan in the finals. Chan defeated the Eagle 21-12, 21-10 to clinch his second consecutive provincial title. Matt will be representing team PACWEST at the upcoming CCAA Badminton National Championships held at Kings College in Halifax.

 

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Willine Kwee
KPU Eagles
Women’s Badminton

KPU Eagles women’s singles player Willine Kwee (Richmond, BC) defeated Langara College Falcons first-year player Jacinda Yeung (24-22, 15-21, 22-20) and Mariners’ first-year Helen Cheung (21-15, 21-9) to win 2015 PACWEST gold and advance to the CCAA Badminton Nationals in Halifax, NS. The second-year KPU business student started off strong with Yeung and led in the second game until a misstep on the court caused Kwee to have to adjust her game. Kwee would lose the second game but fought hard and came back to clinch the third game and overall set, before she dispatched Cheung in two quick games. This will be Kwee’s second consecutive CCAA Nationals appearance, but the first in women’s singles. Last year in the 2014 Championships in Edmonton, AB, Kwee competed in women’s doubles. “Willine is a fighter. Even when she is down during a game, she has great control and discipline to stay focused to get the job done,” said Eagles head coach Morgan van Heukelom. “She played an unbelievable game against Jacinda. She came through in a very hard-fought three games and we are very proud that she will be representing KPU at Nationals.”

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