Coach Martins Knighted for improvement

BARRIE – Joey Martins of Niagara was named Ontario Colleges Athletic Association West women’s volleyball coach of the year.

In his first season at Niagara, Martins saw the Knights finish above .500 for the first time in two seasons with a 10-8 record. It also marked the least number of losses Niagara suffered in a season since its 10-5 record in 2007-08. Joining Martins for special recognition was Niagara player Marieka Ouimette (Spencerville, Ont.) who was named to the OCAA West first-team all-star.

Curtiss Straatsma of Redeemer University College was named a West Division second-team all-star along with Lindsay Murray (Welland of Niagara. .

Humber College’s Kelly Nyhof was named the OCAA women’s volleyball player of the year in a ceremony Thursday morning as part of the 2012 OCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship.

Nyhof was among the OCAA leaders averaging 4.3 points and 3.08 kills per set. She totaled 213 points, 154 kills, 36 blocks and 23 aces for a Humber team that won the OCAA West regional crown with an undefeated 18-0 record. The Hawks lost only six sets the entire season. The Georgetown, Ont., native is also a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) all-Canadian, as well as an OCAA West Division first-team all-star.

Dale Beausoleil of Cambrian is the OCAA East coach of the year.

Nipissing’s Brittany Ardron (Lakefield, Ont.) was named the OCAA rookie of the year to go along with her West Division rookie award. Jenny Richardson (Oshawa) of Loyalist was named the top rookie in the OCAA East region.