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Vernon named U SPORTS Athlete of the Week

By U SPORTS

TORONTO - Ryerson's Theanna Vernon wrapped up her week of accolades by being named the U SPORTS Athlete of the Week.

Vernon, a Scarborough, Ont. native, made the most of the Rams' third trip to nationals, as the team captain stood tall in the middle to anchor a potent Ryerson attack, steady a stout defensive presences, and buoy the team's overall push toward an undefeated season. All in all, the middle blocker, who was named an All-Canadian prior to the start of the event, helped her team win the first ever national banner in school history.

To start the weekend, the Rams battled UBC Okanagan in quarter-final play - a match in which the OUA champions had to come back from two sets down - and Vernon kicked off her championship quest strong. She tallied 16 points (10 kills, 6.0 blocks) in the win before offering up a similar performance in the team's semifinal match. Vernon once again connected on 10 kills and registered 5.5 blocks, totaling 17.5 points for the match to help the Rams down the No. 1 seeded Calgary Dinos. Vernon saved her best for last; however, as she registered 11 kills and 6.5 blocks in the championship win over Alberta, rounding out her outstanding showing with 17.5 points in the finale. Her impressive totals and unbreakable consistency helped the fourth-year star earn MVP honours for the tournament, and was a significant part of Ryerson's historic performance on the national stage.

Other nominees:
CW: Lauryn Keen, hockey, Manitoba
RSEQ: Marie-Joelle Allard, hockey, Concordia
AUS: Courtney Baker, volleyball Dalhousie

The male athlete of the week was UBC's Byron Keturakis from the national champion volleyball team.

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