Redeemer Royals volleyball collects hardware at provincials

Women's head coach Doug Veldman (Photo: Redeemer Athletics)

Women’s head coach Doug Veldman (Photo: Redeemer Athletics)

It is back-to-back Ontario Colleges Athletic Association volleyball honours for the Redeemer Royals as women’s head coach Doug Veldman was named the top provincial mentor on Thursday (Feb. 20). Last year, former head coach Wayne Harris picked up the OCAA award in guiding the men’s team. He was also crowned the national coach of the year.

Veldman’s award was presented the OCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship Awards Banquet in Oshawa. With the award, Veldman will be nominated for the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association Coach of the Year Award as well for Women’s Volleyball.

Earlier in the week, Redeemer’s Benno Kurvits, was named OCAA badminton coach of the year.

Veldman led the Royals to their best season in the team’s history in 2013-14. The Royals finished the regular season with 13 wins against five losses. They picked up their 14th win in an OCAA crossover match that resulted in the team qualifying for this weekend’s provincial championship where they will be looking for their first medal in Division I women’s volleyball.

Redeemer improved its league record substantially this season after the Royals finished 2012-13 with a 9-9 record.

Redeemer also picked up a number of other volleyball awards Thursday. Curtiss Straatsma and Charlene DeVries were named all-stars. DeVries received her first OCAA all-star recognition being named to the Second team.

It was Straatsma’s third consecutive year for all-star recognition as she was named to the First team. Straatsma has been selected an all-star in each year that she has competed in OCAA women’s volleyball.

On the men’s side, Jake Klassen, David Klomps, and Eric Heidbuurt were named Second team all-stars.

This is Klomps third straight all-stars selection while Heidbuurt and Klassen make it two in a row.

The Royals’ men’s Volleyball team was eliminated by George Brown in an qualifying crossover match.