Capital News Wednesday, April 6, 2011
SPORTS W UBCO
Tucker â€˜couldnâ€™t imagine better placeâ€™; Nyhus â€˜amazing timeâ€™ UBCO ďż˝ďż˝ďż˝ďż˝ 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, itâ€™s a season Tucker will never forget. â€œItâ€™s been unbelievable from start to finish, the team, the coaches, the support from everybody has been unreal,â€? said Tucker. â€œIâ€™ve been here for four years now and I couldnâ€™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 womenâ€™s volleyball Player of the Year and the BCCAA provincial championship tournament
MVP. She was also instrumental in leading the Heat to their third consecutive provincial crown. â€œCait deserves all the recognition that she is now receiving,â€? said Heat coach Steve Manuel. â€œShe 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.â€? For Nyhus, the award caps an unforgettable fiveyear career with the Heat. â€œItâ€™s personally been an amazing time for me,â€? said Nyhus. â€œIâ€™ve met a lot of amazing people along with way.â€? The womenâ€™s finalists along with Nyhus were Jenna Kantz (womenâ€™s basketball), Jen Woods (womenâ€™s golf) and Sabrina Gasparic (womenâ€™s soccer). The other finalists for the menâ€™s award were Alex Roth (basketball), Keith Martin (golf) and Nicholas Johanson (menâ€™s soccer).
Each team handed out its individual awards and the winners were: â€˘ Menâ€™s soccer Coachesâ€™ awardâ€”Sanjesh Mudaliar and Sean Petersen MVPâ€”Spencer Brown â€˘ Womenâ€™s soccer Rookie of the yearâ€”Madeleine Greig MVP/Leadershipâ€” Sabrina Gasparac Golden Boot/MVP Awardâ€”Alexa Kennedy â€˘ Menâ€™s basketball Most improved playerâ€” Mack Roth Best defensive playerâ€” Steve Morrison Coachesâ€™ awardâ€”Iain Con â€˘ Womenâ€™s basketball Leadership awardâ€”Melissa Irish Coachesâ€™ awardâ€”Roz Huber MVPâ€”Jenna Kantz â€˘ Menâ€™s volleyball MVPâ€”Nate Speijer Coachesâ€™ awardâ€”Aleks Bergen and Spencer Brown Rob Sivacoe Awardâ€” Greg Niemantsverdriet â€˘ Womenâ€™s volleyball
Most improvedâ€”Myrte SchĂśn Coachesâ€™ awardâ€”Kendra Wayling Dedication awardâ€”Kirsten Lawson â€˘ Golf Womenâ€™s MVPâ€”Jen Woods
Menâ€™s MVPâ€”Keith Martin Leadershipâ€”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 menâ€™s and womenâ€™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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