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AWARDS: Future looks bright for Heat volleyball

AWARDS: Future looks bright for Heat volleyball

Kelowna, B.C. - For the fourth straight year, the Heat have placed at least one player on the All-Rookie team, as this year Cam Vanderveen earned the nod as the Canada West announced its All-Stars and All-Rookie squad on Tuesday, prior to this weekend's conference semifinals.

Never to back down from a strong opponent the 6'4" outside hitter from Chilliwack had his best match, and one of the most eye-popping matches by a rookie for the Heat ever, when he went off for 19 kills in just three sets against the number one team in the country, the Brandon Bobcats. The national-title seeking 'Cats had no answer for the Abbotsford Christian product on the day as he scored 20 of the teams 36 points adding a pair of blocks and hitting .317 on the night.

For the year, Vandereveen finished with 63 kills total in just 32 sets played, also managed 12 blocks, and 32 digs. In four of the seven matches, the Bachelor of Arts student was able to start, he went for at least double digits in kills. Much of the year Vanderveen was limited with various injuries, keeping his year totals down.

Brad Hudson, third year Heat men's coach has been developing players at an exceptional rate, successfully having one player make the conference All-Rookie team every year he has been at the helm, is especially pleased with Vanderveen getting the much deserved recognition from the conference coaches.

"We are very proud of Cam and grateful he received this well-deserved recognition. This is the third consecutive year the Heat men's volleyball team has placed an athlete on the all-rookie team, which speaks to the humility, selflessness, and mindfulness our athletes have begun to train with," Hudson stated.

"Cam has come an incredible distance in his volleyball journey and I'm certain he will be hugely impactful in the Canada West for the duration of his career. In truth I believe Cam and fellow rookies Teo Ardanaz and Noah Campbell were all-exceptional at times this year. They have had to learn some hard lessons. But, these lessons will serve them all well going forward," finished the coach. 

Last year's All-Rookie team member, Caleb Funk, sat out the entire 2018-19 season rehabbing a knee injury, the 6'8" middle will be ready for the 2019 season and will join Vanderveen as major forces for the UBCO men's program for year's to come. 

List of Canada West All-Rookies for UBC Okanagan:

2018/19: Hafith Moallin (MBB), Cam Vanderveen (MVB), Jade Bussard (WVB), Sydney Grills (WVB)
2017/18: Sam McDonald (MSOC), Caleb Funk (MVB)
2016/17: Kyle Hinchey (MVB), Sara McCreary (WVB)
2015/16: Eli Risso (MVB), Devon Cote (MVB)
2014/15: Aldrich Berrios (MBB)
2013/14: Lars Bornemann (MVB), Michelle Jackszuk (WVB)

Canada West Universities Athletic Association has been giving out All-Rookie teams since the 2013/14 season. Soccer started giving out All-Rookie teams in the fall of 2017.

The conference's major award winners will be unveiled on Tuesday, March 5.

You can watch every CW men's volleyball playoff game by tuning into Canada West TV.



  • S / Reece Dixon / Brandon / 4 / Sherwood Park, Alta.
  • OH / Tim Dobbert / Thompson Rivers / 5 / Aichelberg, Germany
  • OH / Jacob Kern / Trinity Western / 4 / Edmonton, Alta.
  • OH / Eric Loeppky / Trinity Western / 3 / Steinbach, Man.
  • OH / Alex McMullin / Alberta / 5 / Brisbane, Australia
  • OH / Tyler Schmidt / Mount Royal / 5 / Calgary, Alta.
  • OH / Elliott Viles / Brandon / 3 / Adelaide, Australia



  • S / Blain Cranston / Calgary / 5 / Fort St. John, B.C.
  • OH / Michael Dowhaniuk / UBC / 1 / White Rock, B.C.
  • OH / Colin Fraser / Saskatchewan / 5 / Saskatoon, Sask.
  • OH / Seth Friesen / Brandon / 4 / Brandon, Man.
  • S / Tanner Greves / Mount Royal / 5 / Calgary, Alta.
  • OH / Dylan Mortensen / Saskatchewan / 2 / Swift Current, Sask.
  • OH / Taryq Sani / Alberta / 3 / Ajax, Ont.



  • OH / Robin Baghdady / Brandon / Geneva, Switzerland
  • OH / Michael Dowhaniuk / UBC / White Rock, B.C.
  • OH / Braedon Friesen / Alberta / Swift Current, Sask.
  • OH / Brodie Hofer / Trinity Western / Langley, B.C.
  • M / Luis Lange / Mount Royal / Calgary, Alta.
  • OH / Matthew Neaves / UBC / Calgary, Alta.
  • OH / Cam Vanderveen / UBCO / Chilliwack, B.C.

Full Canada West release here: