UFV Cascades Kayla Bruce named PACWEST Female Athlete of the Year

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Abbotsford, BC…..The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades Kayla Bruce, has been named the PACWEST Female Athlete of the Year for a second straight year .  The veteran led UFV and the conference in total offense with 393 points for a 4.57 average. Bruce was also first in blocks with 88 (1.02 average) and third in kills with 280 (a 3.26 average). “What an honor for Kayla to be named the PACWEST female player of the year.  I could not be happier for her.  In a year where there were a lot of deserving athletes it is very flattering for the PACWEST committee to vote her as the recipient. This is everything to do with her compete level. Many athletes have moments of greatness. It is Kayla’s consistency that separates her from the rest. Well done!” said UFV head coach Dennis Bokenfohr. Bruce was named the CCAA and PACWEST Female Volleyball Player of the Year and a CCAA First Team All-Canadian for a second straight year.

The 2012-13 Cascades women’s volleyball team finished the PACWEST regular and post season an amazing 27-2 (22-2 regular season, 5-0 playoffs) and earned the school’s first regular and post season PACWEST Championship and went on to win the program’s first ever CCAA national championship.  UFV was ranked number one in the CCAA top ten poll, for 16 of the 20 weeks, the poll has been published this season. Bruce was named the PACWEST championship tournament “Most Valuable Player” and a CCAA championship tournament all-star.     

“Coming into the 2012-13 year Kayla had set high expectations for herself. Every player hopes to have as productive season as one like Kayla’s and it came from a lot of hard work. Kayla has bought into our system fully and has evolved into one of our leaders. She carries a lot of pride on our team’s success and embraces the moment each time we go out to perform,” said Bokenfohr.

Kayla is the third UFV female student-athlete to win this award, women’s basketball players Jamie Born (2004-05) and Lauren Alonzo (2002-03) also were honored by the PACWEST selection committee for their efforts in basketball.

Kayla Bruce’s 2012-13 PACWEST/CCAA regular and post season statistics and accomplishments:
Position:  Middle
Hometown:  Surrey, BC
Year @ UFV:  5

#1 in the PACWEST and CCAA in blocks 88 (1.02 average)
#3 in the PACWEST in kills with 280 (3.26 average)
#1 in the PACWEST for total offense 4.57
-PACWEST First team All-Star
-PACWEST Female Volleyball Player of the Week (twice)
-PACWEST Female Volleyball Player of the Year
-PACWEST Championship Tournament “Most Valuable Player”
-PACWEST Female Athlete of the Year
-CCAA First Team All-Canadian
-Finalist for BC Sport Female Volleyball Player of the Year (College Division)
-CCAA Female Volleyball Player of the Year
-CCAA Championship tournament all-star

PACWEST Female Athletes of the Year  

2012 – 2013  Kayla Bruce UFV Volleyball

2011 – 2012  Kayla Bruce UFV Volleyball

2010 – 2011 Caitlin Nyhus UBCO Volleyball

2009 – 2010 Alex Basso UBCO Volleyball

2008 – 2009 Sheila McNee UBCO Volleyball

2007 – 2008 Tammy Thomas Okanagan Volleyball

2006 – 2007 Rachael Pelat Langara Soccer & Jennifer Dickson Capilano Volleyball

2005 – 2006 Lyndsay Thomson Douglas Badminton

2004 – 2005 Jamie Born UCFV Basketball

2003 – 2004 Stephanie Bolin Malaspina Volleyball

2002 – 2003 Lauren Alonzo UCFV Basketball

2001 – 2002 Sarah Regan Capilano Soccer

2000 – 2001 Danielle Gaudet Malaspina Volleyball

1999 – 2000 Danielle Gaudet Malaspina Volleyball

Photo Credit:  Tree Frog Imaging
Attached Athlete of the Year table:  Courtesy of PACWEST Communications Office

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