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Hettinga named Canada West women’s volleyball Rookie of the Year

UBCO middle Madelyn Hettinga, seen here firing an attack during the Canada West playoffs, was named the conference Rookie of the Year on Thursday (Photo Credit: Huskie Athletics/GetMyPhoto.ca)
UBCO middle Madelyn Hettinga, seen here firing an attack during the Canada West playoffs, was named the conference Rookie of the Year on Thursday (Photo Credit: Huskie Athletics/GetMyPhoto.ca)

CALGARY – UBC Okanagan Heat women's volleyball rookie Madelyn Hettinga was named the Canada West Rookie of the Year on Thursday as the conference announced its major award recipients for the 2021-22 season.

Hettinga, a native of Kelowna, B.C., was recognized after an impressive rookie campaign that saw her lead the conference in rookie hitting percentage at .350 percent, a mark that is also the second highest in UBCO team history.

She becomes the second consecutive member of the Heat to be named the conference rookie of the year following in the footsteps of teammate Amaya Perry of Chin, Alta., who took home the honour in 2019-20.

"Madelyn displays incredible athletic ability and is an extremely explosive athlete," said Heat head coach Steve Manuel on his young middle. "I appreciate her thoughtful approach to competition and the team as a whole. Madelyn showed her abilities this season and I believe that she has all the tools to be one of the top athletes in U SPORTS women's volleyball."

Hettinga, who is a former member of the Kelowna Secondary Owls, is an athletic middle who established herself with her leaping ability and aggressive spin serve in her first season in Canada West play. She averaged 1.68 kills per set and 0.72 blocks per set while starting 12 of the 13 matches she appeared in for the Heat.

The 2019 Kelowna Athlete of the Year had a number of impressive individual performances, including becoming the first UBCO rookie, and just third player in program history, to hit .800 percent in a game when she accomplished the feat in a win over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack in the Fall.

In total, Hettinga finished the year with 79 kills, 12 service aces, 20 digs and 34 total blocks to average 2.3 points/set.

Canada West Major Award Winners

Player of the Year: Kory White – Alberta
Rookie of the Year: Madelyn Hettinga – UBCO
Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Kenzie Vaandering – Winnipeg
Coach of the Year: Ryan Hofer – Trinity Western

List of Canada West Major award winners for UBC Okanagan:

2021/22: Madelyn Hettinga – Rookie of the Year (WVB)
2021/22: Joanna Brown - Athlete of the Year (WXC)
2021/22: Lauren McNeil - Rookie of the Year (WXC)
2019/20: Amaya Perry - Rookie of the Year (WVB)
2019/20: Nicholas Reitsma - Community Service Award (MSOC)
2018/19: Jordan Korol - Community Service Award (WBB)
2015/16: Steve Manuel - Coach of the Year (WVB)
2012/13: Steve Manuel - Coach of the Year (WVB)