McMaster’s Jori Mantha (Vanier) has been named to the Canadian Interuniversity Sports’ All-Rookie volleyball team on Wednesday night.
Mantha made the Ontario University Athletics All-Rookie team earlier in the season and was one of the leading scorers on the Marauders squad. His 174 kills and 3.13 points per set rank him 15th overall in the OUA. He also recorded 20 service aces over the course of the regular season. In the playoffs, the starter was a key factor to McMaster’s offensive structure. Mantha recorded 25 kills in 11 sets, averaging 2.27 kills per set. His six aces and 33 digs helped lead the Marauders to the 2011 OUA championship win.
Fourth-year University of Calgary middle Graham Vigrass was named the CIS player of the year. Vigrass became the first Dino to claim the award since 2002 and the 13th consecutive winner from Canada West. The honour came one year after the Calgary native’s tournament-MVP performance at the 2010 CIS championship, when he led the Dinos to their first national title in 17 years.
Other CIS major award winners announced during the All-Canadian Banquet held at the Langley Events Centre were Western Ontario left side Garrett May of Toronto, who was chosen rookie of the year; UBC’s Blair Bann of Edmonton, named the nation’s top libero for the third time in four years; UNB’s Dan McMorran, who earned coach-of-the-year honours; as well as UNB’s Jacob Kilpatrick of Saint John, who received the Dale Iwanoczko Award recognizing his excellence in volleyball, academics and community involvement.