Mohawk’s Scapinello OCAA rookie of the year; Redeemer’s Vandergeest second team all-star

The top men’s volleyball players in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association were honoured Thursday (Feb. 25) in Markham, Ont., in advance of the 2011 men’s volleyball championship hosted by Seneca College.

Andrew Henry (Brampton) of the Sheridan Bruins is the OCAA player of the year. Henry led Sheridan to a 15-3 regular season record in 2010-11 averaging 3.69 offensive points, 2.72 kills and 0.87 blocks per game. The fifth-year middle is also a Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) all-Canadian, as well as an OCAA West Division first-team all-star.

Henry’s head coach, Dave McAllister, is a nominee for CCAA coach of the year. The OCAA West Division coach of the year led Sheridan to its first playoff appearance since 1994. The Bruins won 13 straight games to end the regular season, clinching a bye into the OCAA championship in the process.

Justin Scapinello (London) of the Mohawk Mountaineers is the OCAA rookie of the year. The OCAA West scoring champion led all active players in the region averaging 4.02 points and 3.35 kills per game. The right side player is also the OCAA West rookie of the year as well as a West first-team all-star.

OCAA East scoring champion P.J. Cornelius (London) of the Durham Lords is a CCAA all-Canadian and an East first-team all-star. Cornelius led all active OCAA players averaging 4.77 points per game.

Josh Lappala (Kingston) of the Loyalist Lancers is the OCAA East rookie of the year. The left side player averaged 2.37 points per game, was second on Loyalist with 130 kills while contributing 21 service aces.

Andrew Hinchey of the Durham Lords is the OCAA East coach of the year. The East Division champion Lords earned a record of 16-2 this past season and flirted with a perfect record, beginning the season with 13 straight victories.

Joining Henry and Scapinello as OCAA West first-team all-stars are Fanshawe’s trio of Jordan Westman (London), Andrew Thorpe (Ingersoll) and Jordan McTavish (Chatham); Nipissing’s Scott Coulthard (Wingham); and Matthew Isaacs (Pickering) of the OCAA West champion Humber Hawks.

OCAA West second-team all-stars include Paul Kemboi (Brampton), Derek Quinn (Mississauga) and Steven Cheung (Toronto) of Humber; Cody Williams (Milton) of Sheridan; Hogan Smith (North Bay) of Canadore; Frankie Edgecombe (Elmvale) of Nipissing; and Christian Vandergeest (Kitchener) of Redeemer.

Joining Cornelius as OCAA East first-team all-stars are Durham teammates Dave McMann (Elmvale) and Jeff Silver (Whitby); Kyle Donnan (Pickering, Ont.) and Greg Gillespie (Elmvale) of Loyalist; and Jason Hernandez (Harron) and Kyle McCann (Scarborough, Ont.) of Seneca.

The OCAA East second-team all-stars are made up of Boreal trio Alexandre Piquette (Sturgeon Falls), Eric Robert (Sudbury.) and Robert Gignac (Penetang.); Algonquin duo Alexandre Corsi Caya (Ottawa) and Josh Harris (Kitchener); Peter Christian (Chatham) of Seneca; and Loyalist’s Matt Woods (Pickering).