DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
Daniel Thiessen capped his finest year as a member of the Winnipeg Wesmen with national acknowledgement on Wednesday.
Thiessen, the fourth-year outside hitter with the Wesmen men's volleyball team, was named a U Sports second-team all-Canadian at the national championship awards banquet in Winnipeg.
It is the first national all-star award for the Glenlawn Collegiate product, who last month was named a first-team all-Canada West.
Thiessen helped the Wesmen to a 12-10, sixth-place finish in the Canada West conference as one of the top attackers in the country.
He finished second in the nation in kills with 315 and fifth in kills per set with 3.89, both career-highs. It was the first time in his career Thiessen topped the 300-kill mark in conference play.
He also amassed a career-high 159 digs, which was seventh overall in U Sports — third in Canada West — and tops among all outside hitters in Canada. He was the only player in the conference to finish in the top five in both kills and digs.
With 20 aces and 46 total blocks, Thiessen also led the nation in points with 365.5.
Thiessen notched a career-high 27 kills in a Feb. 8 match against Calgary and registered double-digit kills in 18 conference matches. He hit double digits for digs six times, including matching a career-high with 17 at UBC-Okanagan Jan. 10. He topped the 20-kill mark three times in conference play and had six double-doubles.
Thiessen is the first Wesmen to make an all-Canadian team since Tom Douglas-Powell was named second-team all-Canadian in 2014-15.