Avalanche hand out awards

Men's and Women's Avalanche volleyball teams celebrate the season at awards banquet.

The College of the Rockies men's and women's Avalanche volleyball teams celebrated their seasons at their awards banquet last week.

The College of the Rockies men's and women's Avalanche volleyball teams celebrated their seasons at their awards banquet last week.

Men’s Avalanche Volleyball

The Men’s Avalanche volleyball team finished their season with a tough loss in the bronze medal match against Vancouver Island University Mariners.

The squad, coached by John Swanson, finished with a 9-15 record in the regular season, but made a return to the Pacwest  championship after missing out on playoffs last year.

Offensively, Patrik Toze led the way with 265 kills as an outside hitter while Julio Lins backed him up with 205 kills also playing as an outside hitter. Defensively, Mitch Parnham hit the court for 137 digs, while Lins was also a force, making 111 digs.

Women’s Avalanche Volleyball

Sneaking into the Pacwest provincial championship with the sixth seed, the Women’s Avalanche volleyball team picked the right time to heat up.

Dispatching the first two teams from Camosun College and Capilano University put them into the gold medal match, where they stormed from behind to win two sets and the tie-breaker to capture the provincial  title.

It was the first-ever gold medal for the women’s volleyball program at the College of the Rockies and only their second appearance in post-season action.

Following the win at provincials, the team flew out to PEI to compete in the national championship, hosted by Holland College in Charlottetown. The team accumulated a 1-2 record, finishing in seventh place.

The team, coached by John Swanson, was led offensively by Kelsey Thompson with 284 kills, while Alexa Koshman played a huge defensive role with 368 digs.

 

Men’s Awards

Most Valuable Player

Rookie of the Year

Patrik Toze

Most Improved Player

Mitch Parnham

Avalanche Award

Zach Fedechko

 

Women’s Awards

 

Most Valuable Player

Kelsey Thompson

Most Improved Player

Ariel Goodman

Rookie of the Year

Kennedy Koop

Avalanche Award

Alexa Koshman

 

Pacwest Awards

 

Pacwest Provincial First-Team All Star

Patrik Toze

Kelsey Thompson

Pacwest Provincial All-Rookie Team

Patrik Toze

Pacwest Rookie of the Year

Patrik Toze

Pacwest Player of the Week

Kelsey Thompson  (2)

Patrik Toze

Pacwest Provincial All Star Team

Alexa Koshman

Kennedy Koop

Alex Cassels

Pacwest Provincial MVP

Kelsey Thompson

Pacwest Academic Awards

Taylor Forester

Kara Froese

Kendra Hainsworth