Volleyball players Katy Klomps (left) and Jim Bell are the Heat's outstanding athlete award winners for 2014-15

Klomps and Bell earn UBC Okanagan’s top athletic awards

Heat athletic department hands out annual varsity honours on Tuesday at the Coast Capri Hotel

Katy Klomps would have happily traded in UBC Okanagan’s most prestigious athletic award for a trip this season to the CIS national women’s volleyball championship.

As it is, the fourth-year middle from Surrey has been recognized as UBCO’s outstanding female athlete of the year for the second consecutive season.

Klomps helped pace the Heat to its best regular campaign yet in the program’s four-year Canada West history with a 19-5 record. The Heat also climbed to a No. 1 national ranking for the first time.

At the conference finals, UBCO finished fourth for the second straight year.

Klomps said the award is a direct reflection of the success the Heat had as a team in 2014-15.

“It’s a really big honour, there are a lot of really great athletes here,” said Klomps, a nursing student at UBCO. “But I said this last year and I totally believe this really speaks to how well our team did. We had a really great season, it ended a little short for us, we were disappointed. But overall we were really happy with the way things went.”

It was another exceptional season all-around for Klomps who became the first Heat player ever to be named a CIS Academic All-Canadian.

She was also named a Canada West all-star for the second year in a row.

On the court, Klomps ranked No. 1 in the country in total blocks, blocks per set, and second for hitting percentage. Her numbers this year pushed her to second all-time in regular season career total and per set blocks with 407 and 1.35, respectively, topped only by Trinity Western’s graduating middle, Alicia Perrin.

Meanwhile, Jim Bell of the Heat men’s volleyball squad walked away with the outstanding male athlete of the year award at the annual awards held Tuesday night at the Coast Capri Hotel.

The third-year middle from Surrey’s Earl Marriot Secondary was one of the most consistent and prominent pieces on a men’s volleyball squad that continues to develop and find its feet in a competitive conference. Bell led his team in solo blocks (12), kills (262), and points per set (3.9).

Bell, who was chosen over three fellow nominees—rugby’s Tim Coles, basketball’s Mitch Goodwin and soccer’s Manny Straith—was happy to be recognized among such a talented group of athletes.

“Looking at the class of athletes that were nominated, it’s pretty awesome to be singled out amongst them but this just goes to show how great all those athletes performed,” said Bell. “You had Manny (Straith) with the men’s soccer team leading them to an historic finish in CIS. Guys like that, it’s awesome to have people like that in the program, to help build the community we have here at Heat athletics and keeping pushing the program forward.”

Female winners:

Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year – Katy Klomps (Volleyball)

It was a big night all-around for fourth-year middle and Surrey native Klomps, who brought home several awards, including becoming the school’s first ever CIS Academic All-Canadian.

It was the second straight year that Klomps claimed the outstanding female athlete award, the first student to do so at UBCO since the 2003-04 season.

Klomps said the second award is no less significant or appreciated than the first and, that like last season, her teammates deserve to share the credit.

The Heat had their best regular season yet and followed it up with a second consecutive fourth-place showing at the Canada West final four.

“It’s a really big honour, there are a lot of really great athletes here,” said Klomps, a nursing student at UBCO. “But I said this last year and I totally believe this really speaks to how well our team did. We had a really great season, it ended a little short for us, we were disappointed. But overall we were really happy with the way things went.”

Klomps’ volleyball exploits for the year were historic, ranking number one in the country in total blocks, blocks per set, and number two for hitting percentage. Her numbers this year pushed her to second all-time in regular season career total and per set blocks with 407 and 1.35, respectively, topped only by Trinity Western’s graduating middle Alicia Perrin. She is the current record holder for total blocks in a single regular season match at 15 and in a playoff match at 11.

For her exploits, Klomps would be named a Canada West All-Star for the second time in two years, and was a two-time Canada West Athlete of the Week. This is the first time since 2003-04 that a student athlete at the school has won this prestigious and ultimate award at the banquet two years in a row.


Student Athlete of the Year – Hayley Carlson (Soccer) and Chandler Proch (Volleyball)

The revamped Student Athlete of the Year award was received by two players in women’s soccer’s Carlson and women’s volleyball’s Proch.

Carlson will graduate from her program this year, but will leave it as a first-class academic in the classroom and first-rate athlete on the turf. She was the squad’s top goal scorer and was received four Player of the Game awards, never missing a single minute of time on the field during the 2014 fall season. Her offensive exploits are impressive in her role as a defender, and the co-captain will leave with five career goals to her name.

After sharing time with former Canada West All-Star and All-Rookie teammate Emily Oxland at the setter spot last year, the senior Proch would find herself more often at the starting spot in the position this year as she coordinated her team’s offense towards a staggering 19 win and top place finish. She would get the call for every postseason match as the squad wrapped up fourth overall at the Final Four. Proch finished 14th overall in the conference in total and per set assists with marks of 414 and 4.81, respectively.


Graduating Player of the Year – Myrte Schön (Volleyball)

Schön was an integral part of the program for the past five years, leading the team to its 2011 PACWEST championship title and then through the transition to multiple Canada West playoff appearances despite infancy in the CIS. She currently holds the single-match kill record at UBC Okanagan with 23 and is eighth all-time at the school for total kills with 483. Coming off the bench this season, the outside hitter racked up one kill and one dig per set, and had a monster weekend at Mount Royal January 29-30 in which she tallied 21 kills for the weekend.


Rookie of the Year – Courtney Hemmerling (Soccer) and Vanessa Botteselle (Basketball)

The second duo award for the night saw first-year’s Hemmerling and Botteselle shine through.

Hemmerling proved early on that she was ready for the big league as the soccer teams transitioned into Canada West for the first time. She recorded her first career goal in Heat uniform September 13th versus Trinity Western, and notched her second and final goal of the season two weeks later in Langley against the same team. A quick and agile forward, Hemmerling inhabited a starting role all season long and will only continue to get better with time.

Botteselle was a regular component of her team’s rotation, logging thirteen minutes per contest in a bench role. Quickly developing into a valuable playmaker at the point guard slot, she also recorded 65% in free-throw shooting for the night. She averaged just shy of 4 points and 2 rebounds per game, respectively. Botteselle played in each of the team’s twenty matchups.

Male recipients:

Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year – Jim Bell (Volleyball)

Bell was one of the most consistent and prominent pieces on a men’s volleyball squad that continues to develop and find its feet in a tough and extremely competitive conference. He led his team in solo blocks (12), kills (262), and points per set (3.9). The third year was one of four Heat athletes this year to be named a Canada West Athlete of the Week (January 12), joining Katy Klomps and Brianna Beamish of women’s volleyball and Enzo Paal of men’s soccer. The naming was fueled by his season-best performance back on January ninth when he managed 20 kills and 23.5 points.

Bell, who was chosen over rugby’s Tim Coles, basketball’s Mitch Goodwin and soccer’s Manny Straith was happy to be recognized among such a talented group of athletes.

“Looking at the class of athletes that were nominated, it’s pretty awesome to be singled out amongst them but this just goes to show how great all those athletes performed,” said Bell, a third-year middle from Earl Marriot Secondary. “It’s tough top say how close everyone was…you had Manny (Straith) with the men’s soccer team leading them to an historic finish in CIS. Guys like that, it’s awesome to have people like that in the program, to help build the community we have here at Heat athletics and keeping pushing the program forward.”


Student Athlete of the Year – Buzz Truss (Basketball)

This Kelowna native had an outstanding performance in both the classroom and on the hardwood as a first-year student and athlete. Moreover, he was a Canada West All-Rookie nominee behind 7.0 ppg and 3.2 rpg numbers. Possessing a first-class GPA, Truss will no doubt go on to be an excellent student-athlete role model for future members of the Heat family.


Graduating Player of the Year – Dylan Abbott (Soccer)

Dylan Abbott logged a lot of minutes on the Nonis Sport’s Field for the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s soccer team, in his four years he played almost every minute of the team’s 54 league or post season matches. In all four of his years he was in consideration for team MVP and in just his second year Dylan assumed a leadership role that he carried for the rest of his UBC Okanagan career.  Serving  largely as a defender for his team Dylan did net seven career goals for his university squad. His leadership and presence was a key factor in the team’s historically successful first season in the Canada West conference of the CIS.


Rookie of the Year – Aldrich Berrios (Basketball)

Aldrich Berrios was the first basketball player at UBC Okanagan to ever earn a Canada West award when he wasselected to the All-Rookie team in February. As a rookie Berrios played the role and logged the minutes of a veteran player. He started all 20 conference games for his squad and averaged 34.7 minutes per contest, the fourth highest mark in Canada West. Learning the point guard position on the fly the 6-foot one rookie from Notre Dame Secondary continually improved throughout the season and finished as the third leading scorer for UBC Okanagan, averaging 12.4 points per game. His scoring average of 12.4 led all Canada West rookies and was one of the top rates for first year players across Canada.

 

 

 

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