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Phil Yeldon - OCAA & CCAA Men's Volleyball Player of the Year

Phil Yeldon was a key player in the Thunder's OCAA East Division Championship Photo: Cassie Dresch

Editors notes: Writer Ian MacAlpine is a second-year Journalism student at Algonquin College and was a OCAA Second Team All-Star

It’s not the title he hoped to be walking away with after the weekend but it’s still one he’s pretty proud of.

Though his Algonquin Thunder team didn’t win gold, Phil Yeldon was named Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) All-Canadian and Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) men’s volleyball player of the year.

“Phil represents everything our program strives to be,” said Jeffrey Mooney, head coach of the Thunder. “He is a leader who is not only able to get the best out of himself but an ability to get the best from him teammates.”

The award marked the first time in Algonquin College history that the Thunder have had a men’s volleyball All-Canadian.

“It was an honor to be named player of the year and to be the first All-Canadian for the volleyball program at Algonquin,” said Yeldon. “A lot of credit goes to my coaches and teammates for helping me throughout the year.” 

Yeldon was also named an OCAA Eastern Division First-Team All-Star. 

“To have him receive this great honour helps anchor what our program stands for and the quality athletes we have had in the past, present and will continue to attract in the future,” said Mooney.

The fourth-year left-side attacker led the OCAA averaging 5.1 points per set. He totaled 374 points on 270 kills, 48 blocks and a league leading 56 aces while leading his team to a 17-3 record, good for first place in the Eastern Division.

“He brought consistent power and stability to our offence,” said Alex Oneid, captain of the Thunder. “He produced results no matter the pressure put on him.”

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CCAA Player Profile: Keith Marier

Photo courtesy of Mike Marier
It’s been a breakout year for La Cité Collégiale Coyotes leftside, Keith Marier. The first-year respitory therapy student has been turning heads all year long with some impressive numbers, and is now the proud owner of two OCAA Men’s Volleyball records.

The Ottawa native surpassed records for both kills and points in a single season, previously held by Kanitha Boranprasit, who set the record for points with 304 in 2001, and Jason Hernandez, who set the record for kills in 2011 with 257. What’s more impressive is that Marier did this with five games remaining in the season.

Marier broke both the records in a 3-1 loss (19-25, 18-25, 25-20, 21-25) at Durham on Saturday night. He overcame the records with 20 kills, and one stuff block to bring his totals to 277 and 305 for kills and points respectively.

He then added 25 kills and 27 points to bring his totals to 289 and 332 in another 3-1 loss (23-25, 37-35, 22-25, 25-27) against Loyalist on Sunday afternoon.

For most, Marier has appeared out of nowhere. His 5.1 points and 4.5 kills per set are both good for second in the OCAA, sitting behind the offensive powerhouse of Terrel Bramwell, who’s sitting at 5.7 and 7.0 for kills and points. He also sits sixth in the CCAA in kills. But those who him well, know otherwise.

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