TWU is seeing stars - on its women's volleyball team.
Kristen Moncks has made quite a first impression with Trinity Western University.
In her first year with the Spartans women's volleyball team after transferring from Medicine Hat College, the Standard, Alta. native was voted Canada West Libero of the Year, while third-year Spartans Alicia Perrin and Kelci French were named Canada West first team all-stars.
This past fall, Moncks, who is in her third year of eligibility, led the Spartans in digs and was second in the conference with an average of 3.26 digs per set. The 5'9" human kinetics major had a CIS career-high 19 digs in a single match and collected 17 digs on three other occasions.
"Kristen was a great addition to our lineup this year. She brings a ton of control to the back court when it comes to serve receive," TWU head coach Ryan Hofer said. "She is a great defender who reads the play well. She's quick, she's fast, she brings a lot of passion to the floor and she's a great teammate."
Her two all-star teammates also had stellar seasons.
Perrin finished the regular season second in Canada West in blocks with 1.31 per set, third in the conference in hitting percentage at .336, and ninth in points with 3.57 per set.
She had a career-high 19 kills against Manitoba on Jan. 19 and a career-high .583 hitting percentage against UBCO on Dec. 1.
This is the second year in row Perrin has been named a Canada West first team all-star. Last year, she was also voted a CIS second team all-star. In Perrin's first year, she was named the Canada West Rookie of the Year and to the CIS all-rookie team.
French finished the regular season tied for first in the conference with 0.53 aces per set, was sixth in Canada West with 8.80 assists per set, and was third on TWU in digs, with 2.18 per set.
French also set the TWU record for aces in a season, with 39, bettering current TWU assistant coach Lies Reimer's (former Verhoeff) previous mark of 36, which the former Spartan earned twice, in both 2001/02 and 2002/03.
French had a career-high 46 assists against Alberta Feb. 9 and career-high 18 digs against Mount Royal on Jan. 26.
In 2008/09, French, while playing with Alberta, was voted the Canada West and CIS Rookie of the Year.