A pair of volleyball players have been named the Wesmen athletes of the month.
Madison Fyvie of the Wesmen women's volleyball team and Daniel Thiessen of the Wesmen men's volleyball team were both honoured for having multiple breakout performances in the month of January.
The fourth-year libero has been on a surge the past two weeks, amassing at least 20 digs in four straight matches.
She saved her best for the last of the month with a Wesmen program-record 46 digs in a five-set loss to MacEwan on Jan. 25. The 46 digs also surpassed what was the Canada West record of 39, which had been set earlier this season.
In eight matches in January, Fyvie racked up 158 digs or 19.8 per match and 4.65 per set, a pace that would be atop the Canada West conference for a season.
Fyvie now ranks fourth in the conference in digs (302) and digs per set this season (4.08).
She has already surpassed her career-high total for digs in a season set last year (252).
She is currently 11th all-time in modern Canada West history for digs in a career and with 19 more digs will move into sole possession of 10th spot.
As the Wesmen men have surged up the Canada West standings, Daniel Thiessen has helped lead the way.
The fourth-year outside hitter has tallied double-digit kills in 13 of his past 14 matches, including seven of eight in the month of January. Not surprisingly, the Wesmen have had success when Thiessen does, recording wins in nine of their past 10 contests and going 7-1 this past month.
Thiessen twice topped the 20-kill mark in January, putting down 21 in each of a pair of wins over Thompson Rivers, Jan. 3-4.
In addition, he had two matches with double-digit digs, including 17 in a win at UBC-Okanagan, which set a career-high for him in a four-set match.
Thiessen totaled 118 kills through eight January matches, an average of 14.8 per match or 4.09 per set.
He also made just 47 errors in 262 total attacks for a .271 efficiency through the month. That included three matches hitting at least .400.