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Sartori wins UFV women's first national championship all star
To cap off a season of firsts for the UFV Cascades women's basketball team, Columbia Valley's Kayli Sartori became the first player in program history to earn a CIS Women’s Basketball Championship All-Star Sunday.
Sartori, a third-year guard, started all three UFV games during the national championships, averaging 11 point and 6.7 rebounds per game.
She caught fire during the Cascades’ bronze medal match against the Saskatchewan Huskies Sunday, scoring 13 points (hitting two of four from behind the arc), grabbing nine rebounds and earning player-of-the-game honours.
Her work against both Windsor in the semi-final and Saskatchewan in the final helped spark the Cascades to greater heights, but Sartori was almost sheepish about accepting individual accolades.
“To be honest, it’s cool,” she said, “but we all accomplished what we did, and it’s hard sometimes to be pulled out of the group and recognized individually. I don’t know if I deserve it. Actually, I think we all deserve it since I wouldn’t be here without them and they wouldn’t be here without me. All of us can say that.”
But the all star for Sartori signals a new chapter for the team, according to assistant coach Anthony Luyken.
“It really starts to solidify her role as the next leader on our team moving forward,” he said. “We’re losing some great leadership, and Kayli has to step into that role. I think for her it’s that symbolic moment that just speaks ‘Hey, you’re going to carry the torch.’”