Avs’ Duthie named player of the week

Men's Avs right side player a big force this past weekend against Columbia Bible College Bearcats.

Mitchell Duthie of the men’s Avalanche volleyball team has been named the Pacwest player of the week following his performance this weekend against the Columbia Bible College Bearcats.

Duthie, a 6’6″ right side player from Prince George, is in his first year at the College of the Rockies.

With no post-secondary volleyball in Prince George, Duthie found his way to Cranbrook where he decided to start his career.

In their first home stand of the season, Duthie was instrumental in the Avs weekend sweep over CBC. Duthie led the Avs offensively to two consecutive 3-0 sweeps over the Bearcats.

He was a physical presence in both matches, continually putting balls away and putting up a large wall for the Avalanche to play defense.

His domination at the net resulted in some timely kills, including the match winning kill on Saturday in a 30-28 hard fought set. He finished the weekend with 21 kills including 35 per cent kill efficiency for the Avs.

Duthie is the second Avalanche player to be nominated for the Pacwest athlete of the week, as women’s team member Andrea Taylor took the honour after the opening road trip against Douglas College and Capilano University two weeks ago.

Taylor had a strong performance over the four-match weekend, finishing with 80 Kills (5.3 kills per match), 37 digs, three aces and one block.

Along with being named Pacwest athlete of the week, Taylor was recognized by the Canadian College Athletic Association as the nationwide CCAA athlete of the week.

Taylor is a fourth-year player studying kinesiology at the College of the Rockies.