DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
For the first time in her career, Emma Parker has been honoured by the Canada West conference in its year-end awards.
Parker, a third-year left side, was named a second-team all-Canada West Tuesday as the conference handed out its all-star and individual honours.
The St. Norbert Collegiate product was one of the top offensive threats in the country finishing fourth in the nation in kills (290) while notching 3.22 kills per set, which ranked fifth in Canada West. Both of those numbers, plus her .143 attacking, were career-highs.
She also set career-highs for aces (21), blocks (23) and points (323), and was two shy of her career-high for digs with 252.
Parker, who started all 24 matches this season and extended her consecutive matches played streak to 64, was a key contributor in a turnaround season for the Wesmen, who won nine matches and returned to the post-season for the first time since 2012.
She notched double-digit kills in 18 matches including back-to-back matches with a career-high 21 against Calgary Feb. 7-8.
Parker posted 11 double-doubles, the most in her career, and hit double-digit digs 13 times, including a season-high 20 in a five-setter with MacEwan on Jan. 25.
She was also named the conference's second star of the week for the week of Jan. 21.
Parker is the first conference all-star for the program since Ozana Nikolic was named second-team all-Canada West in 2014.
The all-star and all-rookie teams are voted on by the conference's 13 head coaches.