Straatsma, Scapinello shine for West volleyball stars


The West proved to be best at this year’s Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Volleyball All-Stars games played Saturday (March 17) at Fleming College in Peterborough.

In the women’s match, Team West needed the maximum number of sets to defeat Team East 3-2 (13-25, 25-23, 25-20, 14-25, 15-13).

Nipissing’s Brittany Ardron (Lakefield) led all players with 14 offensive points on seven kills, four serving aces and three stuff blocks, while also adding 10 digs. The OCAA rookie of the year was fittingly named Team West player of the game.

Redeemer’s Erika Straatsma (Brampton) and Sheridan’s Melissa Cappelletti (Cambridge) contributed six kills each in the victory.

Algonquin’s Emily Graham (Winnipeg) earned player of the game honours for Team East in a losing effort. She had a game-high five aces, while adding three kills for eight points.

Other notable players for Team East included Marie-France Cayer (Winchester) of La Cite and her 11 points on six kills, three aces and two blocks; hometown favourite Rachel Loch (Lakeshore) of Fleming-Peterborough and her seven points on three aces, two kills and two blocks; and Cambrian’s Kelsey Fielding (Sudbury) and her six kills.

In the men’s match, Team West defeated Team East 3-1 (25-21, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21). There was no letup for OCAA and national men’s volleyball player of the year Terrel Bramwell (Mississauga) of Humber as his match-high 16 points on 10 kills, five aces and one block landed him player of the game honours for Team West.

Also rising to the occasion for Team West was Mohawk’s Justin Scapinello (London) and his six kills, one ace and one block for eight points, as well as Nipissing’s Frankie Edgecombe (Elmvale) and his match-high four stuff blocks and three kills for seven points.

Georgian’s Mike Hammond (Barrie) was named player of the game for Team East, contributing a team-high 10 points on nine kills and one block in his final OCAA match. Team East teammate Josh Harris (Kitchener) of Algonquin contributed six kills and one ace for seven points in his final match.

The 19th annual OCAA Volleyball All-Star Games brought together the elite collegiate volleyball players from across the province for a day of camaraderie and competition. Fifty student-athletes represented 21 Ontario colleges and universities at this year’s event.