Dany Demyanenko of the Marauders men’s volleyball team was named Ontario University Athletics Male Athlete of the Week, after starring at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championship tournament on the weekend. McMaster finished a program-best second.
Demyanenko (Toronto) entered the tournament as CIS Rookie of the Year and was named to the CIS Second Team All-Canadians and the CIS All-Rookie Team. McMaster’s prized rookie responded on court, turning in three strong performances as the Marauders advanced to the national title match before losing in four sets to the host Laval Rouge et Or.
He scored 12.5 points in McMaster’s quarter-final win over UNB, with six kills, three aces and five total blocks, and followed that with 12 points in Saturday’s semi-final against Western that included 10 kills and four block assists. The middle saved his best for last, amassing 19.5 points on 16-26 hitting against the Rouge et Or in a losing effort, and contributed six total blocks.
Demyanenko received McMaster’s Player of the Game award as a result, and was included among the tournament All-Stars.
His court heroics also earned him McMaster’s Male Athlete of the Week honours.
The OUA’s Female Athlete of the Week is Taryn Pilon of the Queen’s Gaels women’s hockey team.
Taryn Pilon (Peterborough, Ont.) and the Gaels won the OUA championship last week, sweeping the Western Mustangs in two straight games. The second-year winger finished the week with three goals in two games, including both game winners. On Wednesday, Pilon scored the first goal that held up as the game winner and added another as Queen’s beat Western 4-0 in London. It was back to Kingston for game two where Pilon notched her second game winner of the week in a 5-4 win for the OUA title.