All-stars, coach of year, highlight Mac’s volleyball season


In a season which saw the McMaster Marauders (20-0) reach the top of the standings, and undefeated, there is no better university volleyball player to be named the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Player of the Year and first-team all-star, than the offensive strategist Nathan Groenveld (Welland).

The fourth year political science student finished the season with 106 kills, 18 service aces, 54 blocks and 2.904 points per game. Groenveld’s leadership has led the Marauders to the OUA semifinals which gets underway Saturday (Feb. 16) against the Western Mustangs.

Queen’s Golden Gaels (14-6) Joren Zeeman (Cambridge) earns the honours of OUA Rookie of the Year in 2008. The six-foot-six, arts and science student made an immediate impact on the Golden Gaels team. Zeeman finished second on his team and fourth in the OUA in points per game averaging 3.915, and showed a great deal of poise and accuracy for a first year player. He also finished second on his team in kills with 175, and finished the season with 17 service aces, 16 blocks and 45 digs.

Third-year, arts and science student for the Golden Gaels, Stu Hamilton (Ottawa) has been a defensive force in the league, and has earned the Libero of the year honours. Hamilton finished the season with 89 digs averaging 1.98 digs per game for the Gaels.

Josh Chilsholm (Toronto) of the Western Mustangs (13-7) has been honoured with the prestigious Dale Iwanoczko award presented to the player who excels in the areas for academics, athletics and community involvement. Chilsholm has been a vital member of the Mustangs, finishing the season first on his team and seventh in the OUA in kills with 206, while contributing 12 service aces, 73 digs, and an average of 3.434 points per game, good enough for 11th in the OUA. Chilsholm has spent the last three years volunteering with the East Toronto Village Children’s Centre, and this year he was a volunteer with the Variety Village Children Charity and Community Centre, and the London Humane Society, and is currently on the Althouse honours list.

Joining Groenveld on the first-team all-stars is teammate and brother Jeremy Groenveld (Welland). He finished the season fifth in the OUA in points per game (3.902), had 168 kills on the season and 48 digs. Fifth-year McMaster Marauder, Parrish Offer (Kingston) has also been named to the team, finishing the season with 201 kills, 16 service aces and 83 digs.

The Queen’s Golden Gaels boast the OUA leader in assists (764) in the 2007 OUA Most Valuable Player, Devon Miller (Barrie). Joining Miller on the first-team is teammate Jeff Demeza (Calgary), who finished the season third in the OUA with an average of 3.953 points per game, with 102 digs and 253 kills on the year. The first-team is exemplified by some of the best power hitters in the country, and none better than Toronto Varsity Blues Steven Kung (Toronto) who sits atop of the OUA and third in the CIS in points per game (5.03) and kills with 309 on the season. Rounding out the first-team is Western Mustang Eric Simon (London) who led his team with an average of 3.50 points per game and 201 kills in the regular season.

Coach of the Year honours go to McMaster Marauders Dave Preston who has coached the Marauders to a No. 2 ranking in the CIS.

ALL-STARS AND MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

FIRST TEAM ALL-STARS

Nathan Groenveld – McMaster – Welland
Devon Miller – Queen’s – Barrie
Steven Kung – Toronto – Toronto
Jeff Demeza – Queen’s – Calgary
Eric Simon – Western – London
Parrish Offer – McMaster – Kingston
Jeremy Groenveld – McMaster – Welland

SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS

Reid Hall – York – Georgetown
Andrew Bartram – Guelph – Aurora
Cameron Dunning – Waterloo – Calgary
Nic Beaver – Ryerson – Waterdown
Josh Chisholm – Western – Toronto
Mike Bancroft – Guelph – Stratford
Peter Hrkal – McMaster – Caledon East, ON

ROOKIE TEAM

PLAYER – SCHOOL – HOMETOWN
Joren Zeeman – Queen’s – Cambridge
Josh Lichty – McMaster – St. Catharines
Jonathan Waito – Guelph – Kitchener
Cam Wheelan – Laurier – Barrie
Greg McDonald – Ryerson – Chatham
Tom Podstawka – York – Ancaster
Derek Lapp – Laurier – Chatham

OUA PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Nathan Groenveld – McMaster – Welland

OUA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Joren Zeeman – Queen’s – Cambridge

OUA LIBERO OF THE YEAR

Stu Hamilton – Queen’s – Ottawa

DALE IWANOCZKO AWARD

Josh Chisholm – Western – Toronto

COACH OF THE YEAR

Dave Preston – McMaster