Luke Brisbane’s rookie season with the Red Deer College Kings men’s volleyball team went to a new level on Thursday night as the Australian setter was named Canadian Colleges Athletic Association player of the year.
The announcement was made at the CCAA Awards Banquet in Charlottetown, P.E.I., in conjunction with the CCAA Men’s Volleyball Championships, where he was also named an all-Canadian.
The six-foot-four Brisbane played every single point this season after taking over from incumbent Tegan McGraw who was injured.
He led the Kings to an Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference best 21-3 mark and a silver medal at the provincial championships, where he was named a first team all-star.
He finished first in the ACAC South with 844 assists and second in second in assists per set at 9.0. With his unique size at the position, he is also a match up nightmare for opposing teams finishing ninth in the conference in blocks with 40 and added 37 kills from a position that normally does not provide much by way of attacking. For good measure, he was also 10th in the ACAC South in digs with 155.
Earlier this season he was also named ACAC player of the year and was a first team all-conference selection.
“Luke is an extremely talented young setter who continues to get better each week,” said RDC athletics director Keith Hansen in a press release. “He also puts the same effort toward his studies as he does on the volleyball court.”