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WolfPack earn two Canada West First All-Stars and two Rookie All-Stars in volleyball

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March 01, 2016 - 3:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have two of their volleyball players chosen as Canada West first team all-stars for the 2015-16 season. As well, two members of the ‘Pack men’s volleyball team were named as Canada West ‘all rookie’ players.

Iullia Pakhomenko (4th year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine) was named to the Canada West first all-star team. Pakohmenko was a first- team all-star last season as well.

In 2015-16, the Masters of Business student led the league and the country in kills per set (4.67) and kills (425). She was tied for the lead in service aces per set (0.55).

Brad Gunter (5th year, outside hitter, Courtney, B.C.) was named to the Canada West first team all-star for the third straight year. Gunter became the Canada West and CIS all time kills (1476) and points (1710) leader as he finished his university career. His stats this season saw him second in the league in kills per set (4.52) and kills (384) and led the league in service aces per set (0.41).

Meantime, the WolfPack’s two impressive middles: Sam Taylor Parks (Kelowna, B.C.) and Kyle Behiels (Edmonton, Alta.) were recognized for their fine play. Both were named to the Canada West all-rookie team.

Taylor Parks played in every match this season appearing in 87 sets. He had 86 kills, 21 service aces, 18 digs, 63 blocks and 71 block assists. Behiels played in 17 matches and 51 sets. He had 63 kills, 10 digs, five solo blocks and 25 block assists. He had 17 service aces and was in the top ten in service aces per set (0.33).

Here are the Canada West all-star and rookie teams for 2015-16:

2015-16 Canada West Men’s Volleyball First All-Star Team
Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Brett Walsh / Setter / University of Alberta / 4th / Calgary, AB
Alex Russell / Middle / University of British Columbia / 5th / Surrey,  B.C.
Taylor Arnett / Middle / University of Alberta / 4th / Calgary, AB
Ryley Barnes / Left side, outside / University of Alberta / 5th / St. Paul, AB
Roy Ching / Left side, outside / Brandon University / 4th / Nelson, New Zealand
Brad Gunter / Opposite / Thompson Rivers University / 5th / Courtenay,  B.C.
Jacques Borgeaud / Libero / University of Regina / 5th / Brisbane, Australia

2015-16 Canada West Men’s Volleyball Second All-Star Team
Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Josh McKay / Setter / University of Winnipeg / 5th / Winnipeg, MB
Ken Rooney / Middle / University of Manitoba / 4th / Winnipeg, MB
John Goranson / Middle / University of Alberta / 5th / Red Deer, AB
David Bommersbach / Left side, outside / University of Winnipeg / 3rd / Winnipeg, MB
Ryan Sclater / Left side, outside / Trinity Western University / 4th / Port Coquitlam,  B.C.
Devren Dear / Opposite / University of Manitoba / 4th / St. Andrews, MB
Tyler Koslowsky / Libero / Trinity Western University / 5th / Abbotsford,  B.C.

2015-16 Canada West Men’s Volleyball All-Rookie Team
Name / Position / University / Hometown

CJ Gavlas / Setter / University of Saskatchewan / Saskatoon, SK
Max Vriend / Middle / MacEwan University / Barrhead, AB
Sam Taylor-Parks / Middle / Thompson Rivers University / Kelowna,  B.C.
Eli Risso / Libero / U B.C. Okanagan / Kelowna,  B.C.
Mason Metcalf / Middle / Brandon University / Carman, MB
Kyle Behiels / Middle / Thompson Rivers University / Edmonton, AB
Devon Cote / Outside / U B.C. Okanagan / Kelowna,  B.C.

2015-16 Canada West Women’s Volleyball First All-Star Team
Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Nikki Cornwall / Setter / Trinity Western University / 3rd / Coquitlam,  B.C.
Katie Wuttunee / Middle / U B.C. Okanagan / 5th / North Vancouver,  B.C.
Katie Devaney / Middle / Trinity Western University / 3rd / Port Coquitlam,  B.C.
Iuliia Pakhomenko / Left side, outside / Thompson Rivers University / 5th / Donetsk, Ukraine
Meg Casault / Left side, outside / University of Alberta / 4th / Edmonton, AB
Elie Wendell / Opposite / Trinity Western University / 3rd / Caronport, SK
Jessie Niles / Libero / University of Alberta / 5th / Turner Valley, AB

2015-16 Canada West Women’s Volleyball Second All-Star Team
Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Mariah Walsh / Setter / University of Alberta / 3rd / Calgary, AB
Katie Klomps / Middle / U B.C. Okanagan / 5th / Surrey,  B.C.
Beth Vinnell / Middle / University of Calgary / 2nd / Cochrane, AB
Sophie Carpentier / Left side, outside / Trinity Western University / 4th / Ottawa, ON
Brianna Beamish / Left side, outside / U B.C. Okanagan / 5th / Surrey,  B.C.
Karly Janssen / Opposite / University of Alberta / 4th / Edmonton, AB
Donata Huebert / Libero / Brandon University / 4th / Minden, Germany

2015-16 Canada West Women’s Volleyball All-Rookie Team
Name / Position / University / Hometown

Carolina Alongi / Outside / Mount Royal University / Calgary, AB
Rowyn Neufeld / Left side, outside / Trinity Western University / Richmond,  B.C.
Natasha Gordey / Libero / University of Calgary / Calgary, AB
Taylor Annala / Outside / University of Saskatchewan / Dinsmore, SK
Sydney Booker / Setter / University of Manitoba / Winnipeg, MB
McKenna Stevenson / Middle / MacEwan University / Morinville, AB
Jessica Hoskins / Middle / University of Alberta / Edmonton, AB

(with help from Canada West Sports Information)

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