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Eagles Take Second Place at CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Champions

Eagles women's volleyball team played an amazing gold medal match against the VIU Mariners at nationals. This was followed by the 2019 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship closing ceremony where many deserving athletes were honored.

Welland, ON – For the second consecutive season, the Vancouver Island University Mariners are Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) champions. The Mariners defeated The King's University Eagles 3-0 in the gold medal match, the set scores in the contest were 25-18, 25-11, 26-16.

The Mariners dominated the contest from the opening serve, relying on their precise passing game and dominant offensive attack. VIU was paced by CCAA All-Canadian outside hitter Karoline Tormena who finished with 14 kills, two blocks, and eight digs. Tormena was named the Mariners 4Imprint Player of the Match for her performance. 

Defensively the Mariners were led by second year outside hitter Danielle Groenendijk who finished with 13 digs and 16 kills. Middle Blocker Taylor Wickson had eight kills and three blocks. 

The Eagles were led by Jayden Bontkes who had 10 kills and 13 digs while Avery Theune trailed right behind her teammate with nine kills. 

The 2019 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship resulted in the VIU Mariners winning gold, The King’s Eagles winning silver, and the Fanshawe Falcons winning bronze. 

The closing ceremonies of the 2019 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship resulted in some well-deserved players being honoured as all-stars. 

The tournament all-stars were as followed:

Tournament MVP
Chantal Cumming, VIU Mariners

First Team All-Stars
Jayden Bontkes, King’s Eagles
Karoline Tormena, VIU Mariners
Jada Lea, King’s Eagles
Taylor Wickson, VIU Mariners,
Janelle Albert, Fanshawe Falcons
Vania Oliveira, Douglas Royals 

Second Team All-Stars
Trisha He, Douglas Royals
Kirsty Kindrachuk, Briercrest Clippers
Sydney Warchola, King’s Eagles
Danielle Groenendijk, VIU Mariners
Andrea Cankovic, VIU Mariners
Anna Janzen, King’s Eagles

Chuck Gullickson Exemplary Leadership Award
Becky Garner, Briercrest Clippers

The Niagara College Department of Athletics and Recreation would like to thank all our sponsors and all volunteers for helping with the 2019 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship. Thanks also go to all the participating athletes, coaches, team staff, and the officials for an excellent tournament on the court.


Originally published by Niagara College. 

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