Briercrest hands out awards
Two of the Wendel siblings — Josh and Elly — stole the show at the Briercrest College and Seminary athletics awards banquet on Thursday.
Josh, a fourth year athlete with the Clippers men’s volleyball team won the Male Athlete of the Year. Elly, a second year women’s volleyball athlete was awarded the Female Athlete of the Year title.
Elly cleaned house by also winning several other awards, including the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) women’s volleyball player of the year and was named a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) academic all-Canadian.
She was also selected as ACAC athlete of the week (Nov. 18-24, 2013), a member of the ACAC first-team all-conference, CCAA all-Canadian, CCAA national scholar and ACAC all-academic team.
Elly played every game for Briercrest this season, helping lead the Clippers to a 15-5 record and a fourth place at the ACAC championships. These statistics are the best since the Clippers joined the ACAC in 1996-97.
The biblical studies student was ranked third in the CCAA and top in the ACAC with 252 kills and was 37th in the CCAA with 37 blocks and led the ACAC in aces, aces per game, points and points per game this season.
Elly will move on from the Clippers program as she heads to the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) with Trinity Western University in British Columbia.
Josh, the elder sibling of the Wendel family at Briercrest was a leader on the men’s volleyball team this year.
For the second year in a row, he was an ACAC all-conference team player. The fourth year middle led the ACAC with 62 blocks this season, ranking his ninth in the CCAA.
He also led the Clippers with 157 digs, had 17 service aces and 116 kills this season.
Josh was key to the Clippers reaching the gold medal game at the CCAA men’s national championship, held at the YaraCentre, although he injured himself in the semifinal and was out for the final game.
“Though he was not able to compete in the final, his character shone through as he was there visibly supporting his teammates throughout the match,” said Nigel Mullan, head coach of the Clippers team in a release.
The Clippers teams also recognized graduating athletes for their five years of service, including James Wohlgeschaffen (men’s basketball), Luke Robitaille (men’s hockey), Cody Quiring (men’s volleyball) and Pablo Acuna (men’s volleyball). Also graduating is Caleb Klassen and Brooke Peterson.
“Fifth year awards symbolize the student/athlete’s commitment to Briercrest, commitment to finishing a degree and a commitment to making sacrifices to be part of our program,” said Mullan, Athletic Director for Briercrest. “We want to honour these graduating athletes because we feel that commitment is what allows our teams to develop the culture. Without fourth and fifth year players on our teams it is hard to develop that culture that we’re after.”
Other awards that were handed out included Josh Dufresne getting the Community Involvement Award for his involvement in the community. Amy Wanvig, of the women’s basketball team won female rookie of the year award and Jacob Baribeau from the Clippers hockey team won the male rookie of the year award.
The most improved player awards went to Jachin Karg (volleyball), Abbi Robinson (volleyball), Brandon Friesen (basketball), Nicole Meyer (basketball) and Josh Anderson (hockey).
Most valuable players were Josh Wendel (volleyball), Elly Wendel (volleyball), James Wohlgeschaffen (basketball), Amy Wanvig (basketball) and Josh Dufresne (hockey).
Athletes that made the ACAC all-conference first team included Claire Richardson (basketball), Wohlgeschaffen (basketball), Elly Wendel (volleyball) and Josh Wendel (volleyball). On the second team was Brooke Peterson (volleyball) and Josh Senneker (volleyball).
Nolan Weinmaster was awarded the ACAC women’s volleyball coach of the year.