UFV Cascades Kayla Bruce named CCAA Female Athlete of the Year

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Cornwall, Ontario…..The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades Kayla Bruce, has been named the CCAA Female Athlete of the Year.  Bruce becomes the second female student-athlete to receive this prestigious award in the 30 years UFV has competed in interuniversity sports. Jamie Born, a member of the UFV Cascades basketball team, received the award in 2004-05.  

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 CCAA female player of the year.  I could not be happier for her.  In a year where there were a lot of deserving athletes, in many sports, it is very flattering for the CCAA 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.

“Kayla Bruce had an outstanding season,” said Vince Amato, CCAA VP marketing. “She’s a great player, a strong leader, and a class act on the court, which made her stand out among very strong candidates.”

The 2012-13 Cascades women’s volleyball team finished the regular and post season an amazing 27-2 (22-2 regular season, 5-0 PACWEST and CCAA 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” in addition to being named the PACWEST Female Volleyball and overall Female Athlete of the Year.  Bruce also was named a CCAA championship tournament all-star, CCAA first team All-Canadian and the CCAA Female Volleyball Player of the Year.       

“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.

Candidates for 2013 CCAA Female Athlete of the Year included:
Jordan Ariss, Fanshawe Falcons
Valerie Breen, Boréal Vipères
Kayla Bruce, UFV Cascades
Shawna Metcalf, Cambrian Golden Shield
Megan Spicer, Holland Hurricanes
Jylisa Williams, Olds Broncos
Tracy Wong, Humber Hawks

Previous CCAA Male & Female Athletes of the Year
http://www.ccaa.ca/web/images/stories/Awards/Athlete_OftheYear12.pdf

CCAA Flies:  Candidates, Past Recipients and VP Quote

Kayla Bruce’s 2012-13 PACWEST regular 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
-CCAA Female Athlete of the Year  

Photo Credit:  Tree Frog Imaging

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