Elgert and White named UAlberta Athletes of the Year

    A pair of volleyball student-athletes took home the top athletic awards from the 2019/20 varsity season, as fourth-year Golden Bears setter Max Elgert captured the Wilson Challenge Trophy as Male Athlete of the Year, and fourth-year Pandas outside hitter Kory White earned the Bakewell Trophy as the Female Athlete of the Year.

    By Connor Hood on April 9, 2020

    EDMONTON - A pair of volleyball student-athletes took home the top athletic awards from the 2019/20 varsity season, as fourth-year Golden Bears setter Max Elgert captured the Wilson Challenge Trophy as Male Athlete of the Year, and fourth-year Pandas outside hitter Kory White earned the Bakewell Trophy as the Female Athlete of the Year.

    It marks the first time since Murray Grapentine and Cheri Lansdown each won the athlete of the year awards in 1998 that both have gone to members of the Bears and Pandas Volleyball programs.

    Elgert led U SPORTS with 786 assists this season, finishing second in Canada West with 10.21 assists per set. The fourth-year engineering student also broke the Bears program record for aces in a season with 41, leading the Bears to a Canada West silver medal, and a spot at the 2020 U SPORTS Championship. Elgert is the first Bears setter to win the Wilson Challenge since Bears head coach Brock Davidiuk captured the award in 2006.

    White is the 21st member of the Pandas Volleyball program to win the Bakewell trophy, and first since Jessie Niles captured the award in 2016. White was named the Canada West Player of the Year, finishing with program records for kills (406), points (467.5), and attempts (1,055) in a season. Her 406 kills were also the third most in a season in Canada West history. White also spent last summer with the Canadian National ‘B’ team, and the Canadian FISU Team.

    Other major award winners included Madison Willan from Pandas Hockey as the Female Rookie of the Year, Kier Przyswitt from Bears Swimming as the Male Rookie of the Year, and Ivan Quintero and Dusty Freimark as the co-recipients of the R.G. Glassford Award for Coaching.

    Brody Clarke (Bears Basketball), Ben Kopczynski (Bears Football), and Erin Corbett (Pandas Volleyball) the Block ‘A’ Ring for their superior demonstration of exceptional contribution to university sport in the areas of athletics, academics, community support, and leadership.

    Madison Willan was named both the Canada West and U SPORTS Rookie of the Year, after leading all first-year athletes with 25 points in 28 games for the Pandas Hockey team. Her 25 points were also the third most in Canada West this season.

    Kier Przyswitt captured the Male Rookie of the Year Award thanks to his national gold-medal winning performance this season. The first-year Bears swimmer won the men’s 50m butterfly at the 2020 U SPORTS Championship in Victoria with a time of 24.99. He also earned a Canada West silver medal in the same event.

    Dusty Freimark was instrumental in the creation of the Pandas Volleyball Club, serving as the club’s first manager. Since its inception in 2011, the junior development club has produced 76 female university volleyball players, 17 of whom have played for the Pandas varsity program. The club also has female head coaches for each of their club teams.

    Ivan Quintero has been an assistant coach with the Tennis program since 2013, focusing primarily on the Pandas since 2016. Over the past four seasons, Quintero has led the Pandas to four Western Canadian titles, two national titles, and one national silver medal. He was named the national coach of the year in 2017 and 2019, and is widely regarded as one of the sports premier experts on physical development.

    2019-20 U of A Annual Team MVP Trophy Winners

    Pandas Basketball

    Ruby Anderson Trophy

    Vanessa Wild

    Golden Bears Basketball

    Wardlaw Porteous Trophy

    Brody Clarke

    Pandas Cross Country

    Dr. James Haddow Trophy

    Jasmine Fedemma

    Golden Bears Cross Country

    Col. Eric W. Cormack Trophy

    Matthew Hope

    Pandas Curling

    Team MVP

    Selena Sturmay

    Golden Bears Curling

    Team MVP

    Karsten Sturmay

    Golden Bears Football

    Bill Woywitka Trophy

    Ben Kopczynski

    Pandas Hockey

    Team MVP

    Autumn MacDougall

    Golden Bears Hockey

    Andy Purcell Trophy

    Grayson Pawlenchuk

    Pandas Rugby

    Team MVP

    Savannah Dubien

    Pandas Soccer

    Nonie St. Peters Trophy

    Aly Parth & Brenna Mattiello

    Golden Bears Soccer

    Kevin Robbins Memorial Trophy

    Janko Vong

    Pandas Swimming

    Nick Carter Trophy

    Megan Mozill

    Golden Bears Swimming

    Beaumont Trophy

    Cale Kooyman

    Pandas Tennis

    Krista Frohlich Trophy

    Tereza Simonova

    Golden Bears Tennis

    Rob Bell Trophy

    Kiran Phaterpekar

    Pandas Track & Field

    Lies Vanderstam Trophy

    Olivia Cooper

    Golden Bears Track & Field

    Outstanding Contribution Trophy

    Brendan Calef

    Pandas/Golden Bears Field Events

    Gabor Simonyi Field Event Trophy

    Rachel Hyink

    Pandas Volleyball

    Team MVP

    Kory White

    Golden Bears Volleyball

    Costa Chrysanthou Memorial Trophy

    Max Elgert

    Pandas Wrestling

    Team MVP

    Haley Heffel & Katie Mulkay

    Golden Bears Wrestling

    Beaumont Cup

    Aidan McKeage