Larry Read

Iuliia Pakhomenko with CIS allstar

(ISN) – Toronto, On—Iuliia Pakhomenko of Donetsk, Ukraine has the distinction of becoming the first Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball player to be named to a CIS all-star team.

Pakhomenko, a third year outside hitter was announced as a member of the CIS second all-star team at the CIS Volleyball Nationals awards banquet in Toronto, Ontario. She missed the end of the first half and beginning of the second half of the season due to injury. Yet, she was second in the CIS and Canada West in kills (405), kills per set (4.60), points (465), points per set (5.3)service aces (41) and service aces per set (0.47). Pakhomenko and head coach Chad Grimm were in Toronto for the CIS banquet.

“Not only is Iuliia a great player, but I think more importantly she is a great person,” Grimm stated.” She has been able to overcome much adversity this year and was still able to perform at a high level throughout the season. I don’t think a lot of people realize or take the time to think about how difficult it must be for a young athlete to be so far from home. Add to that, Iuliia is also in a special circumstance in which the unrest that is taking place in the Ukraine makes it even more difficult when you are concerned about the safety of your loved ones each and every day. The other layer to that is she is studying in a difficult Master’s program in her second language which is difficult for anyone for anybody, let alone a varsity athlete. She was also able to overcome a knee surgery over the Christmas break and miss only two matches because of her dedication to her rehab.”

Grimm continued: “With all this being said, I think it is clear that Iuliia’s accomplishments off the court may be even greater than on, which is truly impressive. I was happy to see her get a first team all-star selection and it is well deserved. I know that if women’s volleyball held an NHL style draft and I was holding the number one pick, taking Iuliia would be a ‘no brainer’’.


Mary Lyons Award (player of the year): Rachel Cockrell, Manitoba

Mark Tennant Award (rookie of the year): Kate Pexman, Calgary

Libero of the year: Donata Huebert, Brandon

Marilyn Pomfret Award (coach of the year): Kristine Drakich, Toronto

Thérèse Quigley Award (volleyball, academics & community service): Paige Paulsen, UNB

First Team

Position Athlete University Year Hometown Faculty

RS Rachel Cockrell Manitoba 4 Winnipeg, Man. Arts

S Katia Forcier Montreal 2 St. Jean sur Richelieu, Que. Audiology

OH Meg Casault Alberta 3 Edmonton, Alta. Phys. Ed. & Recreation

M Alicia Perrin TWU 5 Creston, B.C. Arts

LS Charlotte Sider Toronto 5 Ottawa, Ont. Kinesiology

LS Rachel Windhorst Saint Mary’s 2 Surrey, B.C. Arts

LS Myriam English Ottawa 5 Orleans, Ont. Education

Second Team

M Katy Klomps UBC-O 4 Surrey, B.C. Nursing

M Alyssa Fields-Bouchard Laval 2 Chibougamau, Que. Translation

OH Iuliia Pakhomenko TRU 3 Donetsk, Ukraine Masters (Bus. Admin.)

M Roxanne Hasseni Sherbrooke 4 Paris, France Masters (Pol. Science)

L Donata Huebert Brandon 3 Minden, Germany Education

PH Marie-Alex Bélanger Montreal 2 Joliette, Que. Administration

M Dione Lang Alberta 5 Killam, Alta. Phys. Ed. & Recreation

All-Rookie Team

OH Kate Pexman Calgary 1 Calgary, Alta. Engineering

LS Victoria Eadle UNB 1 Gallagher Ridge, N.B. Rec. & Sport Studies

M Kelsey Veltman Western 1 Brampton, Ont. King’s College

M Alex Béraud Laval 1 Trois-Rivières, Que. Nursing

S Elly Prince Saint Mary’s 1 Calgary, Alta. Arts

M Myriam Robitaille McGill 1 Terrebonne, Que. Science (Biology)

LS Mieke Dumont Dalhousie 1 Kamloops, B.C. Kinesiology