WolfPack Bites – March 4

Brad Gunter, who was named to the CIS All-Rookie team in his first season with the WolfPack men’s volleyball team in 2011-12 has followed that achievement with a first for the program: CIS Player of the Year.

Gunter led the CIS in kills per set this season (5.31) as well as in total points scored (404.5) and placed second in total kills (356).

He led the ‘Pack to their highest national ranking in the program’s history this past season (they were ranked fourth in mid-January) and set the new single-season kills-per-set record in the Canada West division.

He was also – some would say obviously – named a First-Team CIS All-Star.

Gunter’s teammate Colin Carson was named the winner of the prestigious Dale Iwanozko Student-Athlete Award for outstanding achievement in volleyball, academics and community involvement.

It’s a fitting award for the man who many would consider the heart and soul of the team for the past few years. He has completed his final year of eligibility, and will be moving on now, however.

“Colin is very deserving of this award and epitomizes what every student athlete should strive to be,” head coach Pat Hennelly told TRU Athletics after the awards wera announced. “We will miss his leadership on and off the court and know he will successful in any venture he chooses to follow.”

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Anica Arduini and Lacey Banman have returned from the CCAA Badminton National Championships with a fifth-place finish in women’s doubles in Edmonton at NAIT.

The pair didn’t make it to the medal round, winning only the last of their six matches during the preliminary rounds of the tournament, but should be happy to have made it to the tournament and proud of their season.

The pair took bronze at the PACWEST championships held in Surrey the weekend of Feb. 15.

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Ta’quan (“Tootie”) Zimmerman of the WolfPack men’s basketball team has been named a Canada West (CW) First-Team All-Star.

Zimmerman shot an astounding .452 three-point field goal percentage this past season, good for the lead in the CW division, was third is scoring average (19.3 per game) and had an .802 free-throw percentage.