Playing in their final Saturday home match these five graduating volleyball players were honoured in a special ceremony following the women’s match.
#12 Michelle Jakszuk
Michelle began her Heat career as a 6’1″ outside hitter coming to UBC Okanagan from Elphinstone Secondary in Gibsons, B.C. She will graduate in June with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
In her first year with the Heat she took on a high-profile role, playing in 20 of 22 matches as a key member of a Heat team that went on to earn a berth in their first Canada West Final Four, and earned a spot on the Canada West All-Rookie Team. She has gone on to help lead the Heat to Final Four appearances in every year since.
In her five years with the Heat Michelle has played in 101 conference regular reason matches and 15 Canada West postseason matches, along with 3 CIS National Championship tournament matches. Prior to Saturday, February 3, she has amassed 520 kills on over 1500 total attacks.
This season she has put together a campaign that has seen her average 3.1 points per set, 2.64 kills per set, 172 total digs (2.49 per set), and 14 aces. Each of those statistics are career bests for Jakszuk. In early January, against Alberta, Michelle set more career bests with 17 kills on 35 swings for a .371 hitting percentage.
#15 Erin Drew
Erin Drew graduated from Rutland Secondary School, after a successful high school and club career as a middle blocker with her club program and with the Junior Heat, before deciding to stay close to home and play as a middle blocker for the Heat.
Erin’s talents have extended well beyond the UBC Okanagan court, as she has been named a Heat Scholar-Athlete every year during her tenure with the Heat and has twice been a CIS / U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian. She has also been a finalist for the Provost Award for Excellence.
In this final season with the Heat, Erin has set and equalled her career best of 10 kills. Currently she has a nearly 40% kill rate, and is averaging 2.9 points per set. She has also surpassed her previous best of 30 service aces per set. She is also top-four in blocks, with 86 thus far this season, putting her just shy of the top 15 all-time in Canada West.
For her career Drew has an attack percentage of .306, an average that would put her top-ten for career marks if she had the requisite attempts to make that list. She has played in 80 Canada West matches with UBCO and had made playoff appearances in each of her four seasons.
#16 Siobhan Fitzpatrick
Siobhan Fitzpatrick, coming to the Heat from Immaculata Regional High School, has been a 6’1″ power hitter for the Heat. She will finish her career with a year of eligibility on the table, having red-shirted in her freshman year.
The former Mustang will finish up her UBC Okanagan career with a Bachelor of Science degree, with Honours, in Psychology. Her graduate studies applications have been to schools all over the globe for PhD programs in Clinical Psychology.
Fitzpatrick has finished her career near the top of all UBC Okanagan student-athletes in GPA. She has been a three-time finalist for the Provost Award for Excellence, and has twice been a Heat Scholar-Athlete. She has never had a season in which she did not earn the title of U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian.
Last year Siobhan was the recipient of the prestigious UBC Okanagan Student-Athlete of the Year award as the top student athlete, displaying leadership qualities on and off the court, with a focus on a combination of athletic and academic achievements.
Siobhan finished the 2016/17 season with 256 kills and 298 kills, and is putting together another outstanding season that has put her over 500 career kills in 70 career matches. She has been a double-double machine for the Heat, putting together 10 matches just this season with at least 10 kills and 10 digs, which makes her the third-best in this category for the conference. This statistic is made even more impressive by the fact that she has eight three-set matches and only one that has gone a full five sets.
Along with the other graduating Heat women’s volleyball players this year, Siobhan has been to a Canada West Final Four, and the Canada West postseason, every year of her Heat career.
#5 Lars Bornemann
Lars Bornemann came to UBC Okanagan with a lot of fanfare, joining the Heat as a top high school recruit after earning the 2012 High School Player of the Year award in 2012. During his illustrious career at Victoria’s Oak Bay High School, the 6’3″ left side power hitter soared to back-to-back Provincial Championship MPVs and championship trophies in 2011/12.
Since joining the Heat, Lars has not disappointed. He has proved again and again why he belongs at UBC Okanagan, and why he chose this campus on which to play and study. This June, he will graduate with a degree in Applied Science, in whose pursuit he has consistently excelled academically. In all four years of eligibility, Lars has earned the honour of being named a U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian.
In all three years of his eligibility, Lars has been a finalist for the Provost Award for Excellence as a Heat student-athlete. Also, for each of the past two years, Bornemann has been the recipient of the prestigious UBC Okanagan Student-Athlete of the Year award, as the top student-athlete who has displayed leadership qualities on and off the court with a focus on a combination of athletic and academic achievement.
Bornemann came in highly-touted and didn’t disappoint. He earned a spot on the Canada West All-Rookie Team in his first year, alongside the recognition of Men’s Volleyball Rookie of the Year. Since then, Lars has been a fixture on the court for the Heat, playing in 113 matches to date, and 409 sets. A consistent presence, Lars has raised his game to yet another level this season. He is averaging 4.7 points per set, and is second in the conference with 4.18 points per set. He is well on his way to his first 300-kill season, as he has 276 with five matches remaining.
Earlier this year Lars reached a unique milestone in Canada West history, becoming one of just 11 players in the conference’s tenure to reach over 1000 kills and over 500 digs. Last night, he surpassed 1200 kills, and is only the second player at UBC Okanagan and eighth in Canada West history to reach those numbers.
With 1212 career kills, Lars could dethrone Nate Speijer (1260) as the greatest kills-getter in men’s program history before the season is over. As it stands now, Bornemann is 7th in Canada West history for career points, with 1407.5, and his 86 career service aces put him in the top-20 all time.
#10 Joshua Harvey
Josh Harvey came to the UBC Okanagan Heat from Cochrane High School, and will graduate in June with his degree in science from UBC Okanagan.
The 6’6″ middle has patrolled the centre of the court for the Heat since the fall of 2012. His 97 matches have seen him amass 438 kills and 295 blocks. He played steadily through his first three years, before being forced to be a medical red-shirt during the 2015/16 season.
When he returned to the Heat lineup in 2016/17, Harvey put together an outstanding fourth year season. He finished with a hitting percentage of .381, and had 142 kills.
Once again this season, Josh has put together an impressive season. As a mentor for the young squad, he has already earned a career-best 10 service aces.
A career highlight for Harvey came in 2016, when he tallied 14 kills on just 22 swings against the University of Regina Cougars. That amounted to a .455 attack percentage for the match. The next day, he finished with 11 kills on 15 swings – a .600 hitting percentage, and had nine blocks. That was a career best, and the two combined for another best as a two-match combination.