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Jamie Brown Kodiaks outstanding player

A Fort Macleod athlete was named the outstanding player on the Lethbridge College Kodiaks women’s volleyball team.

Jamie Brown received the award April 12 during the annual KODI Awards.

The event returned to an in-person format for the first time since 2019, giving Kodiaks teams, staff and college officials a chance to come together and celebrate the athletic and academic achievements of Kodiaks student-athletes.

The awards capped another strong season for Kodiaks Athletics, one that saw every Kodiaks team qualify for their respective Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) championships.

Kodiaks manager of athletics Todd Caughlin, who is also from Fort Macleod, said overall the season was a success, especially considering the many challenges and hurdles that came with returning to play during a pandemic.

“Preparing, planning and competing in the 2021-’22 transition season was easily one of the toughest challenges every ACAC athletic department faced this season,” Caughlin said.

“We were able to do it because of the resilience, patience and commitment of our student athletes and coaching staffs. I’m so incredibly proud of this Kodiaks group and wouldn’t have wanted to work with any other group of people during such a challenging time.”

The three pillars of Kodiaks Athletics — academic accountability, athletic excellence, and the student-athlete experience — steered the voting on all awards.

Awards are selected by members of the Kodiaks Athletics administration team and factor in the results of a public vote that had nearly 500 participants, setting a new KODIS record.

The outstanding player award was the latest for Brown, who in March was named to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference south division all-conference team.

Brown led her team in kills with 188, fifth most in the conference.

Brown’s average of 3.55 kills per set was also third highest in the conference.

Her strong serve gave opposing teams fits all season, as she led her team in service aces with 21.

While Brown’s offensive numbers were impressive, her commitment to strong defence was also critical to her team’s success.

Brown delivered 20 blocks, tied for second-most on the Kodiaks, while also accumulating an impressive 141 digs.

In her career, Brown has 466 kills and 525 digs.

The Kodiaks women’s volleyball team also received the award for best championships performance for defeating SAIT in the opening round of the ACAC postseason.

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