University of the Fraser Valley student-athletes Gurneet Dhaliwal and Jennifer Kell have earned athlete of the week honours from their respective conferences in the wake of outstanding weekend performances.
Dhaliwal is the Canada West female second star of the week after helping the Cascades women’s soccer team pick up four of a possible six points against a pair of nationally ranked opponents.
On Friday, the second-year forward from Surrey, B.C. launched a flawless corner kick which found teammate Amanda Carruthers at the far post for a close-range header, giving the Cascades a 2-0 lead over the CIS No. 5-ranked UBC Thunderbirds. The reigning national champs would end up rallying to salvage a 2-2 draw. Then on Saturday, Dhaliwal scored the first two goals in the Cascades’ impressive 3-0 win over CIS No. 7 Victoria. Dhaliwal is tied for second on the Canada West goal-scoring list, with all four of her goals coming in the past four games.
The other Canada West female stars of the week are Ashton Lowry (first star, Regina Cougars soccer) and Savannah Dubien (third star, Alberta Pandas rugby).
Kell was honoured as the PacWest women’s golf athlete of the week after winning the women’s individual title at the UBC Okanagan Invitational on the weekend. In addition, she was named one of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national athletes of the week on Wednesday.
It was a breakthrough performance for the sophomore from Mission, B.C. – she carded rounds of 82 and 85 at Okanagan Golf Club to edge UBCO’s Lauren Siemers by one stroke and claim the first individual tourney win of her PacWest career.
The Cascades also won the women’s team event in Kelowna, and hold a 25-stroke lead over UBCO in the cumulative team standings. Kell is firmly in the mix for the overall individual championship – she currently sits third, four strokes back of teammate Hannah Dirksen.