For the second straight year, two members of the Heat women's volleyball team have been selected to the Canada West All-Rookie Team.
Starting every match for the Heat on the outside, Perry not only survived the gauntlet of the CW conference season, but she flourished and she set some records along the way.
Outstanding from the service line, Perry ripped off 59 aces during the season setting a school mark in the process. The 59 aces are also fourth-highest mark in the conference all-time.
Perry not only dominated from the service line but the Chin, Alberta product also set a school record for kills by a freshman. She finished the season with 227 put-aways, the top mark in the country for a first-year player. Perry added 189 digs and 35 blocks, and her 304.5 points scored was second-most on the Heat team.
Joining Perry on the All-Rookie team is Abi Dueck. The first-year setter out of Winnipeg really came on late in the season starting in eight of UBCO's final 11 matches. Dueck ran a varied offense for the Heat and finished with 269 assists.
Her first start of the year may have been her most impressive. Playing in Kelowna against her hometown Winnipeg Wesmen, Dueck set her career-high with 37 assists, seven digs, and a block delivering the Heat to a four-set victory.
"It's hard not to look at the future when we place four players on the conference all-rookie team over the past two years," said UBC Okanagan head coach Steve Manuel. "But you can't lump this group with previous years, both Abi (Dueck) and Amaya (Perry) came in as accomplished high school and club players and both achieved notable results at the Canada West level."
"When you look at the numbers and the records of what Amaya did, you can't help but take notice. What isn't necessarily reflected in those numbers, is how she went from the fourth or fifth option to score, on our team, at the beginning of the year to a main focus of the offense by January. Her growth as a player during the grueling Canada West season is a testament to her hard work and her desire to get better as a volleyball player."
"Coming in as a setter out of high school into the Canada West conference, a first-year player is rarely ready to see significant playing time with the speed and the complexity of the game in arguably the toughest conference of women's volleyball in the country. Abi's insertion into the lineup happened much quicker than most, and her instant success belies the skill and hard work she put into training and practice during the course of the year. By February Dueck was doing a great job and I am excited to watch her continued development at the demanding setter position over the next few years."
The Heat women's volleyball program has only had two players make the Canada West All-Rookie team prior to 2018-19 when Sydney Grills and Jade Bussard were added to the conference all first-year squad.
Grills missed the entire conference season after an injury in Regina in the opening weekend. Bussard, was off to a strong sophomore season before an injury forced her out for all but two matches after the holiday break.
List of Canada West All-Rookies for UBC Okanagan:
2019/20: Pierson Stanley (MSOC), Jaeli Ibbetson (WBB), Abigail Dueck (WVB), Amaya Perry (WVB)
2018/19: Hafith Moallin (MBB), Cam Vanderveen (MVB), Jade Bussard (WVB), Sydney Grills (WVB)
2017/18: Sam McDonald (MSOC), Caleb Funk (MVB)
2016/17: Kyle Hinchey (MVB), Sara McCreary (WVB)
2015/16: Eli Risso (MVB), Devon Cote (MVB)
2014/15: Aldrich Berrios (MBB)
2013/14: Lars Bornemann (MVB), Michelle Jackszuk (WVB)
Canada West Universities Athletic Association has been giving out All-Rookie teams since the 2013/14 season. Soccer started giving out All-Rookie teams in the fall of 2017.
WVB: Conference all-stars, all-rookies announced| Full Canada West Release |
EDMONTON –The nation's top women's volleyball conference unveiled its best Tuesday, as the Canada West all-star and all-rookie teams were announced.
Canada West's major award winners will be announced Wednesday, March 4 at 10 a.m. MST ahead of the CW Championship game later that week.
11 of the conference's 13 teams landed at least one honouree, with the No. 2 seed Mount Royal Cougars leading the way with three players earning respect from the conference's head coaches, who selected the winners.
MRU is set to host a conference semifinal this weekend in Calgary, as the Alberta Pandas travel south for the best-of-three series beginning Friday. In the other semi, the Trinity Western Spartans welcome the Thompson Rivers WolfPack, with that series opening Thursday evening in Langley, B.C.
You can watch every game on the road to the CW Volleyball Championship Games by tuning into Canada West TV Presented by Co-op.
- M / Gabrielle Attieh / UBC / 3 / Arts / Surrey, BC
- OH / Kendra Finch / Thompson Rivers / 5 / General Studies / North Vancouver, BC
- M / Haley Gilfillan / MacEwan / 5 / Arts / Edmonton, AB
- OH / Hillary Howe / Trinity Western / 4 / Business. / Calgary, AB
- OH / Emily Koshinsky / Saskatchewan / 4 / Kinesiology / Jansen, SK
- M / Nyadholi Thokbuom / Mount Royal / 2 / Open Studies / Calgary, AB
- OH / Kory White / Alberta / 4 / Ag., Life & Environ. Sciences / Edmonton, AB
- M / Avery Heppell / Trinity Western / 3 / Business / Langley, BC
- M / Kseniya Kocyigit / Thompson Rivers / 1 / Education (Masters) / Byaroza, Belarus
- OH / Chantel Park / Mount Royal / 5 / Health & Phys. Ed. / Blackfalds, AB
- OH / Emma Parker / Winnipeg / 3 / Education / St. Adolphe, MB
- S / Quinn Pelland / Mount Royal / 3 / Business / Wanham, AB
- M / Beth Vinnell / Calgary / 5 / Kin. & Education / Cochrane, AB
- OH / Julia Zonneveld / Alberta / 3 / Engineering / Calgary, AB
- M / Danielle Dardis / Brandon / Business Admin. / Calgary, AB
- S / Abigail Dueck / UBC Okanagan / Sciences / Winnipeg, MB
- OH / Amaya Perry / UBC Okanagan / Sciences / Chin, AB
- OH / Trinity Solecki / Calgary / Open Studies / Calgary, AB
- M / Jaidyn Spencer / Manitoba / Kin. & Rec. Management / Bloomington, Minnesota
- OH / Light Uchechukwu / Manitoba / Arts / Winnipeg, MB
- OH / Erika Vermette / UBC / Kinesiology / Morris, MB