OCAA athletes of the week


OCAA LogovectoreMohawk, Redeemer, and Sheridan colleges students have been recognized by the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) for their accomplishments during the seven-day period ending Sunday, Feb. 10.

The Overall Male Athletes of the Week is Jahmal McQueen of Sheridan’s men’s basketball team.

The fourth-year guard from Oakville was key in a pair of victories. McQueen scored a team-high 17 points while grabbing six rebounds in a 71-68 win over Humber.

He then earned a double-double with 20 points and 12 boards in a overtime win at Niagara. He was also named the basketball player of the week.

In volleyball, the women’s player of the week is Redeemer’s Curtiss Straatsma.

A second-year right side, Straatsma (Brampton) totaled 53 points in two games. In a near upset of undefeated Humber, Straatsma earned 23 kills, six blocks and one ace in a five-set defeat. She then contributed 18 kills and five blocks in a straight sets win over Mohawk.

Her counterpart on the men’s side is Mo Sulaiman of the Mohawk Mountaineers.

The fifth-year right side Sulaiman (Hamilton) and his Mohawk teammates handed crosstown rival Redeemer just its fourth loss of the season in a five-set win. Sulaiman earned game-highs with 19 kills, four blocks and 23 points. Mohawk has won both meetings with Redeemer in 2012-13.

Taking the Overall Female Athlete of the Week honour is Jesa Rada of Algonquin’s basketball team.

The second-year guard from Ottawa and the undefeated Algonquin Thunder clinched the OCAA East crown with a pair of road wins over playoff bound teams.

Rada, who was also the women’s basketball player of the week, contributed a combined 27 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and eight steals against Loyalist and St. Lawrence.

The men’s team of the week is George Brown’s basketball squad.

Seneca has lost just two games this season, both to downtown rival George Brown. The Huskies ended Seneca’s 12-game win streak with a 95-83 victory.

On the women’s side, the honour goes to La Cite’s women’s volleyball.

La Cite Coyotes kept its post-season chances alive with a pair of wins. This included a five-set upset over playoff bound Georgian. La Cite must still defeat crosstown rival Algonquin to remain in contention.