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Klomps blocks her way into Canada West All-Star « Athletics

A dominant performance in the middle all year long for the UBC Okanagan Heat has put Katy Klomps on the Canada West All-Star team for women’s volleyball, announced this afternoon - just two days before the Heat play in their first ever Canada West championship.

Now in her third season for head coach Steve Manuel, the junior middle from Surrey’s Surrey Christian High School has won the second Canada West All-Star award in the team’s history.

“Katy’s been a starter all three years she has been here, ” explains coach Manuel. On a team with a defense-first philosophy that prides itself on its strength in the middle, Manuel feels Katy “is a big part of what we are doing here.”

Individually, Katy put up an outstanding season historically in the Canada West conference at the middle blocker position, highlighted by her 15 block game on November 2nd, 2013, against the visiting Mount Royal University Cougars, which is a Canada West match record. It was even more sweet for Klomps, as the 15 blocks came against a Cougar team that ended the Heat’s 2012-2013 at home in the Canada West Quarterfinals – one that Klomps was not fully healthy to play full time in. She would play seven of the 10 sets, but her 11 blocks in the second game of the series still stands as a conference post-season record.

This season, Klomps finished third in total blocks in Canada West at 1.42 per set - seventh best in conference history. Her 108 total blocks this season is the third highest total in Canada West history, tied with former national team player Marisa Field, who also played in Kelowna for coach Manuel. In her three seasons thus far, Katy has finished second, sixth, and fourth nationally in terms of total blocks in a season.

“She has definitely established herself as one of the best middle blockers in the nation, ” Manuel says. “But it is not just on defense that she will impact a game for us. She can also attack and do so very efficiently; she has also emerged as a leader and is a spirited competitor. She never takes a match, a set, a point off, ” boasts her coach.

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West's forests might see century of drought

by IyamIyam

Western forests could be facing a 100-year drought, turning to scrubland by the end of the century – and taking their ability to soak up carbon with them, according to a new study.
The new research, published in Nature Geoscience July 29, suggests the western evergreen forests, which cover an area from southern Canada to northern Mexico, took up a lot less carbon from the atmosphere during the drought that lasted from 2000-2004. That's normal, and expected. The question is what happens after that.
Christopher Schwalm and his colleagues at Northern Arizona University's School of Earth Science and Environmental Sustainability think that there is a good chance the drought could be the new normal

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