UFV Cascades Ellen Kuyer named Blackberry CIS Athlete of the Week


First UFV Student-Athlete to earn prestigious weekly award in 4 year association with CIS.

Ellen Kuyer, a fourth year Business major, from Surrey, BC has been named the Blackberry CIS Female Athlete of the Week. The veteran striker on the women’s soccer team becomes the first Cascade student-athlete in the fouur-year affiliation with the CIS to earn this prestigious weekly award.

“I am so proud of Ellen. She is a gifted student-athlete and she is playing so well. Her assertive attacking play led us to an important victory on Saturday at UBC and her tireless work-rate allowed us to earn a draw at TWU on Friday. She is pivotal to our success,” said UFV Women’s Soccer Head Coach Rob Giesbrecht.

Kuyer scored three times in the second half of Saturday’s 4-3 victory over UBC (ranked 9th in CIS), in Vancouver. While Ellen did not record an assist it was the fourth-year Business major’s hard work that set up the fourth UFV goal as well. In Friday’s tie against TWU (ranked 7th in CIS), Ellen created the opportunity that led to the first goal and gave UFV a lead which they held for close to 60 minutes before TWU tied he match.

Ellen has been a large reason why the Cascades are unbeaten in four straight against nationally ranked UBC & TWU, both CWUAA regular season series the Cascades have won!  The Cascades currently sit in fourth place in Canada West with 13-team points.

“I am very happy for Ellen and the women’s soccer team. They have performed very well. I also am very happy the CIS Athlete of the Week committee recognized our successes on the field,” said UFV Athletic Director Rick Nickelchok.

For further information on the Blackberry CIS Athlete of the Week please visit the CIS website.

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