OTTAWA (CIS) – Lakehead University wrestler Nicole Plummer and University of Alberta volleyball player Joel Schmuland are the Canadian Interuniversity Sport - VIA Rail female and male athletes of the week for the period ending January 28, 2007. Plummer, a freshman business administration student from Windsor, Ont. claimed individual gold in the 82-kilogram weight class and led the Thunderwolves women to the team title on Sunday at the Queen’s Open in Kingston, Ont. The 18-year-old freshman, who was also crowned at 82 kg at the Ontario Junior Provincial Championships 24 hours before her win at Queen’s, has four individual gold medals and one silver in five meets this season, including victories at the Guelph Open and the Brock Open.
Volleyball players Ashley Wicks from Saint Mary’s and Julie Blackburn from Trinity Western, as well as Montreal swimmer Audrey Lacroix were also nominated for the weekly honour.
Schmuland, a third-year physical education & recreation student from Calgary led all players in points and kills in back-to-back games as the top-ranked Golden Bears (14-0) scored a pair of thrilling five-set victories over No. 5 UBC to remain the only undefeated team in CIS men’s volleyball. The six-foot-seven, 218-pound right-side hitter scored 22 points including 19 kills on Saturday and topped that performance with a 28-point, 26-kill effort on Sunday when he kept a remarkable 51-percent kill efficiency rating (26 / 41) to help Alberta overcome a two-set-to-none deficit.
Acadia basketball player Shawn Berry, Laval swimmer Nicolas Murray and Toronto hockey player Ryan Grinnell were the other nominees on the men’s side.
AUS: Ashley Wicks, volleyball, Saint Mary’s
QSSF: Audrey Lacroix, swimming, Montreal
OUA: Nicole Plummer, wrestling, Lakehead (recipient)
Canada West: Julie Blackburn, volleyball, Trinity Western
AUS: Shawn Berry, basketball, Acadia
QSSF: Nicolas Murray, swimming, Laval
OUA: Ryan Grinnell, hockey, Toronto
Canada West: Joel Schmuland, volleyball, Alberta (recipient)
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