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Tucker ‘couldn’t imagine better place’; Nyhus ‘amazing time’ UBCO ���� A21 CCAA national player of the year across all sports. He also won the CCAA and BCCAA player of the year awards, and earned all-star honours at both the Canadian and provincial championship tournaments. Safe to say, it’s a season Tucker will never forget. “It’s been unbelievable from start to finish, the team, the coaches, the support from everybody has been unreal,â€? said Tucker. “I’ve been here for four years now and I couldn’t imagine a better place to be than UBC Okanagan.â€? As for Nyhus, the product of Penticton and five-year veteran was named a CCAA all-Canadian, a CCAA academic all-Canadian, the provincial player of the year across all sports, the BCCAA women’s volleyball Player of the Year and the BCCAA provincial championship tournament

Preston Tucker

Caitlin Nyhus

MVP. She was also instrumental in leading the Heat to their third consecutive provincial crown. “Cait deserves all the recognition that she is now receiving,� said Heat coach Steve Manuel. “She has worked extremely hard to develop her game and to become the player that she currently is. I am extremely proud of her, to say that she has come a long way would be a huge understatement. With five provincial and three national medals, Cait is one of the most successful players in the history of the BCCAA

and the CCAA.� For Nyhus, the award caps an unforgettable fiveyear career with the Heat. “It’s personally been an amazing time for me,� said Nyhus. “I’ve met a lot of amazing people along with way.� The women’s finalists along with Nyhus were Jenna Kantz (women’s basketball), Jen Woods (women’s golf) and Sabrina Gasparic (women’s soccer). The other finalists for the men’s award were Alex Roth (basketball), Keith Martin (golf) and Nicholas Johanson (men’s soccer).

Each team handed out its individual awards and the winners were: • Men’s soccer Coaches’ award—Sanjesh Mudaliar and Sean Petersen MVP—Spencer Brown • Women’s soccer Rookie of the year—Madeleine Greig MVP/Leadership— Sabrina Gasparac Golden Boot/MVP Award—Alexa Kennedy • Men’s basketball Most improved player— Mack Roth Best defensive player— Steve Morrison Coaches’ award—Iain Con • Women’s basketball Leadership award—Melissa Irish Coaches’ award—Roz Huber MVP—Jenna Kantz • Men’s volleyball MVP—Nate Speijer Coaches’ award—Aleks Bergen and Spencer Brown Rob Sivacoe Award— Greg Niemantsverdriet • Women’s volleyball

Most improved—Myrte SchÜn Coaches’ award—Kendra Wayling Dedication award—Kirsten Lawson • Golf Women’s MVP—Jen Woods

Men’s MVP—Keith Martin Leadership—Alana Kent The awards banquet also signified the end of an era as four Heat teams officially bid farewell to competition in the BCCAA.

The men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball squads will take to the floor in the fall of 2011-12 in the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) as members of the Canada West University Athletics Association.

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