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SPARTANS LOEPPKY AND KERN NAMED ALL-CANADIANS 

SPARTANS LOEPPKY AND KERN NAMED ALL-CANADIANS 

QUEBEC CITY (U SPORTS) – Trinity Western Spartans third year outside Eric Loeppky (Steinbach, Man.) and fourth year outside Jacob Kern (Edmonton) were named first and second team All-Canadians at this year’s annual men’s volleyball All-Canadian Awards breakfast Thursday morning at Laval University in Quebec City, PQ. 

For Loeppky it is his second All-Canadian award, and a first for Kern. Today’s awards are the 19th and 20th All-Canadian awards presented to members of the Spartans men’s volleyball team, who are currently finishing their 20th season in U SPORTS. 

Both Loeppky and Kern were named Canada West first-team All-Stars last week at the Canada West championship. 

Past Award Winners 

Brandon outside hitter Elliott Viles was honoured as U SPORTS men’s volleyball Player of the Year, Ryerson outside hitter Xander Ketrzynski captured Rookie of the Year honours, while McMaster outside hitter Andrew Richards took home the Dale Iwanoczko Award for Student-Athlete Community Service for his outstanding contribution both on and off the court.  Brandon Bench boss Grant Wilson is the Fox 40 Coach of the Year.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Elliott Viles, Brandon

Australian outside hitter Elliott Viles is the U SPORTS Player of the Year, after a dominant campaign, which saw his Brandon Bobcats post a 20-win regular season.

The third-year started all 22 games for Brandon, playing 73 sets for the Bobcats, who earned straight set wins 16 times this season.

Viles finished fourth in the nation in hitting percentage at .366, while posting 4.1 points per set and 3.37 kills per set, which were both good for eighth in Canada West.

The First Team All-Canadian was essential to the best season in program history, as Brandon reached No. 1 in the national top 10 for the first time ever.

“Based on his physical talent, his devotion to the game, and his mind for the game, Elliott is an extremely talented player who understands what it takes to succeed at a high level. He’s really committed himself to be the best volleyball player he can be,” said Brandon head coach Grant Wilson.

“He’s an extremely humble young man. I think it serves him well and it serves our team well. He understands you put a lot of work into things as an athlete, but you also need the support of your coaches and teammates. Everybody on our team certainly rallies around Elliott and supports him. We all appreciate what he does for us, and I know he's appreciative of the support the team gives him.”

Nominees 

OUA: Xander Ketrzynski, Ryerson

RSEQ: Vicente Iganacio Parraguirre Villalobos, Laval

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Xander Ketrzynski, Ryerson

It’s one thing to contribute to a team in your first season, but another to step into a national-leading role right away, but that is exactly what Xander Ketrzynski (Toronto, Ont.) did for Ryerson this year. In his debut campaign with the Rams, Ketrzynski earned Rookie of the Year honours while also being a nominee for Player of the Year, in leading his team to a 12-6 record.

In his first season, Ketrzynski found his name in and around the top of several offensive statistics. He was far and away the U SPORTS leader in kills per set (4.84), while ranking second in total kills (329). He was also lethal from the service line, pacing the country in aces per set as well (0.59).

When all of that top-tier offensive production is taken into account, it’s no surprise that the Toronto native led U SPORTS in points per set as well. The First Team All-Canadian and All-Rookie picked up a total of 392 on the year. This impressive campaign, which included four matches in which he eclipsed the 30-point plateau, was highlighted by a 33-kill, 35.5-point performance in the team’s penultimate game against Guelph.

Nominees 

CW: Robin Baghdady, Brandon

RSEQ: Eduardo Luchese, UNB 

DALE IWANOCZKO AWARD (Student-Athlete Community Service):

Andrew Richards, McMaster 

Andrew Richards (London, Ont.) capped his Marauders career as a two-time All-Canadian, and was an All-Rookie Team member in 2015. Taking on the role of McMaster's high-usage player on the left, Richards tallied a team high 185 kills over 16 matches, and enjoyed a .312 hitting percentage that ranked eighth in the nation. 

While a great deal can be said about Richards’ on-court ability – wherein he averaged 4.2 points, 3.36 kills, and 0.51 service aces per set – the fifth-year senior put just as much work in around his school and community as well. 

A member of McMaster’s leadership council and designated captain during matches, Richards’ ability to lead is prominent to say the least; a trait that he was also recognized for with the Wilson Scholar Leadership Award. He is a two-time Academic All-Canadian and beyond the classroom, has also dedicated his time and efforts into initiatives like the Dress for Success campaign, which recycles business-wear for underprivileged men to re-enter the work force, and Motion Ball, which allows youth with physical disabilities to participate in sport. 

“I’m really happy for Andrew to be recognized by coaches across the country for his outstanding commitment to excellence on and off the court,” said McMaster head coach Dave Preston. “The Dale Iwanoczko Award is one of the greatest honours for a student-athlete to receive and is consistent with the values that embody our program here at McMaster: Excellence in all we do.”

Nominees 

CW: Seth Friesen, Brandon

RSEQ: Philippe Carrier, Montreal 

FOX 40 COACH OF THE YEAR: Grant Wilson, Brandon

Now in his seventh season at the helm of the Brandon Bobcats, Grant Wilson guided his team to the best season in program history, as the 'Cats went 20-2 this season to top the Canada West standings.

Wilson has been with the Bobcats since the program's inception, first as an assistant coach between 2005 and 2012 before taking over as head coach.

During his tenure, Brandon has enjoyed great success on the court, including Canada West gold and national bronze during the 2012-13 season.

 “Grant has done a fantastic job building the volleyball program at Brandon University,” said Brand Athletic Director Russ Paddock. “He’s worked hard to grow an excellent culture within our men’s volleyball team of dedicated student-athletes striving for success on the court and in the classroom. He's very deserving of this recognition from his peers.”

Nominees 

RSEQ: Pascal Clément, Laval

OUA: Gabriel deGroot, Queen's

2019 U SPORTS MEN'S VOLLEYBALL ALL-CANADIANS

First Team

 

Pos.

First Name

Last Name

School

Elig.

Hometown

Program

OH

Xander

Ketrzynski

Ryerson

1

Toronto, Ont.

Arts & Contemporary Studies

OH

Elliott

Viles

Brandon

3

Adelaide, Australia

Business Admin.

OH

Vicente

Ignacio Parraguirre Villalobos

Laval

5

Santiago, Chile

Business Admin.

OH

Eric

Loeppky

Trinity Western

3

Steinbach, Man

Arts

OH

Tyler

Schmidt

Mount Royal

5

Calgary, Alta

Business

OH

Matt

Passalent

McMaster

4

 Hamilton, Ont.

Geography & Environmental Studies

OH

Tim

Dobbert

Thompson Rivers

5

Aichelberg, Germany

 Business

 

Second Team

 

Pos.

First Name

Last Name

School

Elig.

Hometown

Program

OH

Andrew

Richards

McMaster

5

London, Ont.

Communication Studies

S

Gabriel

Chancy

Montreal

4

Montreal, Que.

Law

OH

Pierce

Johnson

Windsor

3

Chatham, Ont.

Liberal Arts

OH

Alex

McMullin

Alberta

5

Brisbane, Australia

Kinesiology, Sport, and Rec

OH

Eduardo

Luchese

UNB

1

Bento Goncalves, Brazil

Business Administration

OH

Jacob

Kern

Trinity Western

4

Edmonton, Alta.

Human Kinetics

S

Zane

Grossinger

Queen's

2

Richmond Hill, Ont.

Kinesiology

 

All-Rookie Team

 

Pos.

First Name

Last Name

School

Hometown

Program

OH

Xander

Ketrzynski

Ryerson

Toronto, Ont.

Arts & Contemporary Studies

OH

Robin

Baghdady

Brandon

Geneva, Switzerland

Phys. Ed. Studies

OH

Michael

Dowhaniuk

UBC

White Rock, B.C.

Applied Science

MB

Jackson

Bere

Western

Toronto, Ont.

Social Sciences

OH

Eduardo

Luchese

UNB

Bento Goncalves, Brazil

Business Administration

MB

Luis

Lange

Mount Royal

Calgary, Alta.

Business

OH

Evan

Falardeau

Toronto

Stratford, Ont.

Humanities

About Spartan Athletics

As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 10 sports in the Canada West conference, including women’s and men’s soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men’s hockey. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 11 U SPORTS team championships and 25 Canada West team championships.  

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