Mac’s Louks scores coach’s honour, players make OUA volleyball all-star roster


McMaster Marauders, the Ontario University Athletics’ West Division women’s volleyball champions with a 16-3 regular season record, feature two members on the first-team all-stars.

And McMaster’s Tim Louks has been named the OUA West Coach of the Year as he takes his charges into this weekend’s final four championship.

Marauder Jenn Holt (Hamilton) makes a return to the first-team as she received her first nod in 2006-07. Holt is joined by fifth-year teammate Carly Welch (Hamilton) who led the team in scoring, averaging 3.23 points per game.

Joining the Marauders are two Waterloo Warriors (14-5) in Bojana Josipovic (Kitchener) and Gaby Lesniak (Hamilton). Josipovic finished the season third in the OUA with a points per game average of 4.33 to lead her team, while Lesniak finished the season sixth in the OUA with a 3.99 points per game average.

Laurier Golden Hawks (12-7), fifth-year, Danielle Walker (Oakville) makes her fourth consecutive appearance on the first-team as she finished the season fourth in the OUA in points per game (4.02). Rounding out the first-team is Brock Badger (9-10), Shauna Peddle (Stoney Creek) who led her team offensively with 185 digs on the season. Western’s Andrea Ruste (Edmonton) has been awarded the first-team libero award for the second consecutive year as she finished the season fourth in the OUA with 312 digs, in a true display of outstanding defensive talent.

The Western Mustangs also boast the 2007-08 OUA Rookie of the Year award in Elaine Screaton (Calgary) as she led her team in kills (144) and service aces (23) this season while averaging 2.74 points per game and contributing 159 digs.The Hawks’ Walker has been awarded the West Award of merit for her leadership and contribution to the university and community.

For the third consecutive year the East regular season champion Toronto Varsity Blues (17-2) boast Anastasia Danilova (Toronto) and Mila Miguel Victoria, BC) to the first-team all-stars. Danilova, a fifth year right side hitter, makes her fourth consecutive appearance on the OUA first-team after showcasing her all around game and finishing the season second in the OUA wit h a 4.45 points per game average and 200 kills on the season, 34 service aces and 200 digs. Miguel finished the season with a 2.76 points per game average, and contributed 131 kills. Joining the two veterans on the first-team this season is teammate Heather Bansley (Waterdown) who was a defensive threat for the Blues with 187 digs on the season, while averaging 3.38 points per game.

The Ottawa Gee-Gees (15-4) round out the first-team all-stars with three of their own. Kanata, Ont.,standout, Christine Lamey makes her fourth consecutive appearance on the first-team. Lamey continued her dominance from last season to lead the OUA a second consecutive time and was also first in the CIS in points per game (4.74). She also finished the season with 254 digs, 28 service aces, and 269 kills. Joining Lamey on the first-team are teammates Kirsten Brouse (Bracebridge, ON) and for a third consecutive season, Laura Simons (London). Brouse finished the year with 108 kills and a 3.03 points per game average while Simons finished the season fourth in the OUA with 620 assists on the year.

Michelle Wood has taken the east first-team libero of the year honours, after showcasing her defensive talents for the first place Blues while averaging 3.91 digs per game.

For the second consecutive year the Queen’s Golden Gaels have the best first-year player as Elyssa Heller (Highland Park, IL) has been named the East Rookie of the Year. In just her first year in the league Heller made an immediate impact leading the team in almost every category including games played (63), points per game average (3.08), and with 164 kills on the year. Kirsten Brouse takes her second award of the 2007-8 season, and has been honoured with the Award of Merit as she has demonstrated an outstanding dedication and commitment to OUA volleyball.

Fort he fourth time in her 19 year coaching tenure Toronto Varsity Blues head coach Kristine Drakich has been named the OUA East Coach of the Year. Under her direction, the Blues have qualified for 18 consecutive OUA Final Four appearances, winning the OUA championship banner six times. This year she has led the Blues to a 17-2 regular season record, and will look to bring her squad back to the finals this Saturday.

EAST DIVISION

FIRST TEAM ALL-STARS
Heather Bansley, Toronto, Waterdown
Kirsten Brouse, Ottawa, Bracebridge, ON
Anastasia Danilova, Toronto, Toronto
Christine Lamey, Ottawa, Kanata, ON
Mila Miguel, Toronto, Victoria, BC
Laura Simons, Ottawa, London

FIRST TEAM LIBERO
Michelle Wood, Toronto, Toronto

SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS
Candice Paulsen, York, Scarborough
Nadia Reider, York, Vaughn, ON
Sarah Sutton, York, Scarborough
Christiane Taylor, Queen’s, Toronto
Ariane Thibault, Ottawa, Rouyn-Noranda, QC
Caley Venn, Toronto, Bowmanville, ON

SECOND TEAM LIBERO
Antonia Stathakos, York, Brampton

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Elyssa Heller, Queen’s, Highland Park, IL

COACH OF THE YEAR
Kristine Drakich, Toronto

AWARD OF MERIT
Kirsten Brouse, Ottawa, Bracebridge, ON

WEST DIVISION

FIRST TEAM ALL-STARS
Jenn Holt, McMaster, Hamilton
Bojana Jospovic, Waterloo, Kitchener
Gaby Lesniak, Waterloo, Hamilton
Shauna Peddle, Brock, Stoney Creek
Danielle Walker, Laurier, Oakville
Carly Welch, McMaster, Hamilton

FIRST TEAM LIBERO
Andrea Ruste , Western, Edmonton

SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS
Sarah Masterton, McMaster, Pickering, ON
Sarah Pardy, Guelph, Thorndale, ON
Andrea Ruste, Western, Edmonton
Melissa St. Amant, Laurier, Penetanguishene, ON
Jenna Thomson, Western, St.Mary’s, ON
Victoria Van Gilst, Brock, Trenton, ON

SECOND TEAM LIBERO
Melissa St. Amant, Laurier, Penetanguishene

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Elaine Screaton, Western, Calgary

COACH OF THE YEAR
Tim Louks, McMaster

AWARD OF MERIT
Danielle Walker, Laurier, Oakville

ALL ROOKIE TEAM
Vanessa Chorkawy, Lakehead, Sudbury
Ally Fast, Brock, St.Catharines
Megan Gilmore, Laurier, Cambridge
Elyssa Heller, Queen’s, Highland Park, IL
Natasha Khan, York, Scarborough
Elaine Screaton, Western, Calgary