Monday, March 26, 2018
Julika Phommarath was named Female Athlete of the Year and Lucas Pappel took home the Male Athlete of the Year award during Friday’s Providence Pilots Awards Banquet at the Otterburne campus.
Phommarath, who scored 17 goals and added 5 assists in the 2017-18 outdoor season before tallying 22 times on the futsal court, was also honoured with Pilots Women’s Soccer Most Valuable Player recognition. Impressively, she also won the prestigious National Christian College Athletic Association Game Plan 4 Life award and was named a NCCAA All American, NCCAA Div. II All American and member of the NCCAA Div. II All-Region and All-Tournament teams. The Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference appointed her to their outdoor and indoor All-Conference teams and named her Female Athlete of Week 15.
Pappel, for his part, played all but one set for the Pilots men’s volleyball team in 2017-18 and led the MCAC with 608 assists. His 65 digs were good for 10th in the province, and his 24 kills and 37.5% kill rate were good for first among MCAC setters. Player of the Game in the Pilots’ MCAC play-off semi-final, he was also named Male Athlete of Week 19 and appointed to the All-Conference Team.
According to Scott Masterson, Director of Athletics at Providence and head coach of the men’s volleyball team, both Phommarath and Pappel are exemplary student-athletes. “They give practical examples of the kind of athletes, and people, we hope all our athletes work to become,” he says.
Also recognized during Friday’s banquet were LaDawn Friesen, Female Rookie of the Year, and Jorge Vilchis, Male Rookie of the Year. In her first season with the Pilots women’s volleyball team Friesen executed 110 kills—good for ninth in the MCAC—and an eighth-best 32 blocks as she helped her teammates to a second provincial title in three years. Vilchis finished third in MCAC men’s soccer scoring with 11 goals, and he added a further 14 on the futsal court.
Finally, women’s volleyball player Jillana Groening was named Pilots Scholar Athlete of the Year. Groening is currently holding down a 3.94 AGPA and 4.0 GPA.
Providence is proud of its student-athletes, who as individuals and teammates strive to be difference-makers in their sports, their classrooms and their communities.