CW volleyball all-stars: Spartans steal women’s first team spotlight

CW volleyball all-stars: Spartans steal women’s first team spotlight

Canada West Communications

Highlights:

  • Trinity Western landed three first team all-stars – Sophie Carpentier (outside hitter), Nikki Cornwall (setter), and Elly Wendel (outside hitter)
  • The Canada West’s women’s volleyball major award winners will be announced Tuesday, March 7 at 2 p.m. MT
  • The Canada West Women’s Volleyball Final Four opens this Friday in Edmonton, as the University of Alberta welcomes the event to the Saville Community Sports Centre 

EDMONTON – There was no shortage of star power on display Monday, as Canada West unveiled its women’s volleyball all-stars and all-rookies ahead of this weekend’s CW Final Four in Edmonton. 

Topping the list of first team all-stars were the Trinity Western Spartans, as the defending conference champions landed a trio of players on the top team. 

Sophie Carpentier (outside hitter), Nikki Cornwall (setter), and Elly Wendel (outside hitter) were the three Spartans to earn first team honours, after leading TWU to a 21-3 record – just one win behind the Alberta Pandas for top spot during the Canada West regular season.

The Pandas earned their share of respect from the conference’s 13 head coaches, who selected the Canada West all-star and all-rookie teams, as well as the Canada West major award winners, who will be unveiled Tuesday, March 7 at 2 p.m. MT. Alberta saw four players named either all-stars or all-rookies. Among the Pandas honoured was first teamer Meg Casault, who earlier this season set the Canada West career kills record. 

Also notable among the all-star winners Monday was Thompson Rivers’ Iuliia Pakhomenko. The reigning Canada West and national player of the year finished her three-year conference career with 1,211 kills – good for third all-time. Her 4.64 kills per set is the highest in Canada West history. 

A total of nine all-stars and three all-rookies will take the floor this weekend at the Canada West Women’s Volleyball Final Four in Edmonton, as the Alberta Pandas welcome the Trinity Western Spartans, UBC Thunderbirds, and UBCO Heat to town. Game times are 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. MT Friday (semifinals), with the medal round set for Saturday at 5:00 p.m. (bronze) and 6:30 p.m. (gold) MT.

Every Canada West Final Four game can be seen live on CanadaWest.tv

Three national championship berths are up for grabs this weekend at the Canada West Final Four, as teams look for a trip to the U SPORTS Women’s Volleyball Championship at Ryerson University in Toronto March 17-19.
 

2016-17 CW Women’s Volleyball First Team All-Stars

Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Meg Casault / OH / Alberta / 5 / Edmonton, Alta.

Danielle Brisebois / OH / UBC / 5 / Bolton, Ont.

Kate Pexman / OH / Calgary / 5 / Calgary, Alta.

Iuliia Pakhomenko / OH / Thompson Rivers / 5 / Donetsk, Ukraine

Sophie Carpentier / OH / Trinity Western / 5 / Ottawa, Ont.

Nikki Cornwall / S / Trinity Western / 4 / Coquitlam, B.C.

Elly Wendel / OH / Trinity Western / 5 / Caronport, Sask.

 

2016-17 CW Women’s Volleyball Second Team All-Stars

Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Kacey Otto / OH / Alberta / 5 / Calgary, Alta.

Mariah Walsh / S / Alberta / 4 / Calgary, Alta.

Nikala Majewski / OH / Brandon / 3 / Winnipeg, Man.

Mary Thomson / S / Brandon / 4 / Brandon, Man.

Maggie Li / M / UBC / 4 / North Saanich, B.C.

Kaitlynn Given / OH / UBCO / 5 / Kelowna, B.C.

Cassidy Kinsella / OH / MacEwan / 4 / Leduc, Alta.

 

2016-17 CW Women’s Volleyball All-Rookies

Name / Position / University / Hometown

Vanessa Jarman / M / Alberta / Edmonton, Alta.

Olivia Furlan / S / UBC / Calgary, Alta.

Sara McCreary / S / UBCO / Edmonton, Alta.

Hannah Tanasichuk / OH / Calgary / Calgary, Alta.

Kearley Abbott / OH / Manitoba / Winnipeg, Man.

Mikayla Funk / OH / Thompson Rivers / Surrey, B.C.

Abby Spratt / S / Thompson Rivers / Calgary, Alta.