Derek Epp named Canada West First Star



  • Thompson Rivers WolfPack volleyball star Iullia Pakhomenko is the female first star of the week after combining for 62 kills over the weekend
  • Saskatchewan’s Derek Epp posted 69 total assists for the Huskies, as they handed the TWU Spartans their first loss of the season in men’s volleyball
  • Also earning star honours this week were: Trinity Western’s Nikki Cornwall (female second star), Calgary’s Parker Bowles (male second star), Lethbridge’s Jessica Bachynski (female third star), and Dejon Burdeaux (male third star).


EDMONTON – A pair of outstanding volleyball performances highlighted the first weekend of Canada West action in 2017, as Thompson Rivers’ Iullia Pakhomenko and Saskatchewan’s Derek Epp are the conference’s first stars of the week.


Pakhomenko is the female first star of the week following a pair of individual performances that etched her name in the Canada West women’s volleyball record book. The Ukrainian star posted a pair of 31-kill nights, as the WolfPack split their weekend series with the Calgary Dinos.


The fifth-year outside hitter’s 62 combined kills is the most ever by a single player in a single Canada West weekend, with her 31 kills the third most in a single conference game (Genevieve Lamarre’s 34 kills with Manitoba in 2004 is the conference record).


On the male side, Epp had an outstanding weekend for Saskatchewan, posting 34 and 35 kills respectively, as the Huskies split their weekend series with the previously undefeated and U Sports No.1-ranked TWU Spartans.


Also earning star honours this week were: Trinity Western’s Nikki Cornwall (female second star), Calgary’s Parker Bowles (male second star), Lethbridge’s Jessica Bachynski (female third star), and Dejon Burdeaux (male third star).


Female first star – Iullia Pakhomenko

Thompson Rivers WolfPack volleyball

Outside hitter


Donetsk, Ukraine

Master of Business


Game log: Thursday, January 5 – 31 kills, two aces, eight digs in 3-1 W @ Calgary / Friday, January 6 – 31 kills, 14 digs, one ace in 301 L @ Calgary.


Veteran outside hitter Iullia Pakhomenko had a weekend to remember, as the reigning Canada West and U Sports player of the year registered 61 combined kills in a split against the Calgary Dinos.


Pakhomenko posted 31 kills – the third most in a single Canada West match – in a 3-1 win Thursday, before matching her performance Friday despite a 3-1 loss.


Her 62 combined kills is the most ever by a Canada West women’s volleyball player in a weekend series. The Donetsk, Ukraine product currently leads the conference in both kills (216) and kills per set (4.91).


Pakhomenko and the WolfPack return to the court this weekend when they visit the TWU Spartans (Jan. 13-14) in Langley, B.C.


Male first star – Derek Epp

Saskatchewan Huskies volleyball



Saskatoon, Sask.



Game log: Friday, January 6 – 34 assists, one kill, one ace and three digs in 3-1 L vs. Trinity Western / Saturday, January 7 – 35 assists, two kills, eight digs and two block assists in 3-0 W vs. Trinity Western.


Rookie setter Derek Epp had an impressive outing to lead the No. 10-ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies to a split with the No. 1-ranked Trinity Western Spartans.


In Friday’s 3-1 (26-28, 27-25, 25-16, 25-20) loss, Epp recorded 34 assists of the Huskies’ 44 in the match. He added three digs, three block assists, one kill and one service ace. A night later in a 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 27-25) win, the Kinesiology student from Saskatoon recorded 35 assists, eight digs, two block assists and two kills.


Epp and the Huskies become the first team this season to defeat the reigning national champion Spartans.


The Huskies enter a bye week before hosting the Alberta Golden Bears at the PAC January 20-21.


Female second star – Nikki Cornwall

Trinity Western Spartans volleyball

Outside hitter


Coquitlam, B.C.



Game log: Friday, January 6 – 29 assists, four digs, four blocks, and two aces in 3-0 W vs. Saskatchewan / Saturday, January 7 – 37 assists, seven digs, four kills and one ace in 3-1 W vs. Saskatchewan.


TWU fourth-year setter Nikki Cornwall finished the weekend with 66 assists, 11 digs, three aces, five blocks and seven kills to lead the No. 3 Spartans to back-to-back wins over the Saskatchewan Huskies.


In Friday’s straight set victory Cornwall finished the night with 29 assists, four digs, four blocks, and two aces. Then she followed up on Saturday’s 3-1 win with 37 assists, seven digs, four kills and one ace.


The Coquitlam, B.C. native is currently second in Canada West in assists per set with 10.22 and fifth in service aces with 0.54 per set. She is also 20th in blocks per set with 0.78.


The No. 3 Spartans (11-1) will look to improve on their eight match winning streak when they host the Thompson Rivers WolfPack Friday, January 13 and Saturday, January 14 at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, B.C. Match times on both nights are set for a 5 p.m. PST start.


Male second star – Parker Bowles

Calgary Dinos hockey



Victoria, B.C.



Game log: Friday, January 6 – two goals in 4-3 W vs. Lethbridge / Saturday, January 6 – goal and an assist in 5-4 W @ Lethbridge.


The University of Calgary Dinos men’s hockey team currently sits in second place in the conference after a home-and-home sweep of the Lethbridge Pronghorns over the weekend.


Parker Bowles made his debut in a Dinos jersey this weekend and did not disappoint. The former Tri-City American scored two goals on Friday night on home ice, including the game winner. The following night in Lethbridge, Bowles added another game winning goal and an assist to his weekend totals and helped the Dinos complete the sweep.


Calgary heads out to Saskatchewan to take on the first-place Huskies Jan. 13-14, before returning home to face the Alberta Golden Bears on Jan. 20.


Female third star – Jessica Bachysnki

Lethbridge Pronghorns basketball



Calgary, Alta.


Game log: Friday, January 6 – 11 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks, 1 assists, 1 steal in 89-70 W vs. UNBC / Saturday, January 7 – 17 points, 10 rebounds, 1 block, 2 assists in 73-69 W vs. UNBC.


In her first season with the Pronghorns, Jessica Bachynski recorded back-to-back double-doubles to lead the Pronghorns to their first weekend sweep in more than two years. In the two wins over the UNBC Timberwolves, Bachynski combined for 28 points, 22 rebounds, five blocks, three assists and a steal.


Friday night in the Pronghorns 89-70 win over the Timberwolves, the former Utah Valley Wolverine scored 11 points and recorded her third double-double of the season with 12 rebounds. She was also credited with four blocks, an assist and a steal.


In the sweep completing win, Bachynski was a perfect 5 for 5 from behind the arc, en route to scoring a season high 17 points. She recorded another 10 rebounds, while picking up a block and two assists in the 73-69 win.


On the season, Bachynski leads Canada West in total rebounds with 111 and is second in the conference with 18 blocks. In 11 games played she is averaging 7.3 points and 10 rebounds a game.


Male third star – Dejon Burdeaux

Lethbridge Pronghorns basketball

Point guard


Oakland, Cali.



Game log: Friday, January 6 – 24 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, 2 rebounds in 82-71 W vs. UNBC / Saturday, January 7 – 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals in 76-63 W vs. UNBC.


Kicking off the second semester of conference action, fourth-year point guard Dejon Burdeaux took over late in both games to lead the Lethbridge Pronghorns to a weekend sweep of the UNBC Timberwolves. The Oakland, Cali. native combined for 44 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals in the two victories.


Friday night, Burdeaux scored 24 points on an efficient 8 for 11 from the floor and was 8 of 9 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with three assists, three steals and two rebounds in the 82-71 win.


In the series finale, the science student scored a team high 20 points and was a perfect 8 of 8 from the free throw line in the 76-63 win. He also grabbed another six rebounds, while collecting three assists and two steals.


On the season, Burdeaux sits 15th on the conference scoring list, averaging 15.4 points per game, while leading Canada West in steals with 44 and is second in total assists with 54.


Burdeaux and his Pronghorn teammates are at home again this weekend, hosting the Saskatchewan Huskies.

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