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Pierce Johnson of Chatham was named a U Sports men's volleyball second-team all-Canadian on Thursday.

Windsor Lancers' Pierce Johnson spikes the ball during the Lancers men's volleyball practice at the SportsPlex in Windsor, Ont., on Thursday, March 8, 2018. (DAX MELMER/Windsor Star)

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Johnson volleyball all-Canadian

Pierce Johnson of Chatham was named a U Sports men’s volleyball second-team all-Canadian on Thursday.

The Windsor Lancers’ third-year outside hitter is a two-time Ontario University Athletics all-star.

Johnson was second in the OUA in hitting percentage (.319), fourth in kills per set (3.75) and points per set (4.5), and fifth in kills (225) and points (268.5).

“We are very proud of Pierce and the fact that he has been recognized for his great performance this season,” Lancers head coach James Gravelle said in a statement. “He has done everything we coaches have asked since the day he joined our program three years ago, and his hard work and dedication is paying off.”

The Chatham-Kent Secondary School graduate is only the third player in Lancers history to be an all-Canadian.

He helped them win OUA bronze medals for the second consecutive year.

Carleton second-team all-American

Iowa State senior Bridget Carleton of Chatham was named a second-team all-American by espnW on Thursday.

The six-foot-one Carleton is the first Cyclone to earn all-America honours since 2002.

The Big 12 player of the year leads the conference with 21.4 points and 2.3 steals per game. She’s in the top six in rebounds (8.6 per game), assists (4.1 per game) and blocks (1.2 per game).

She’s a top-five finalist for the Cheryl Miller Award as the best small forward in the NCAA and a top-15 finalist for the Wooden Award as the NCAA player of the year.

Carleton is first in school history with a career scoring average of 17.1 points per game and second in career points with 2,088. Her 706 points this season are the most in school history.

Kucera top scorer in loss

Jana Kucera of Chatham scored a game-high 23 points for the St. Clair Saints in an 87-62 loss to the Dawson Blues in a quarter-final Thursday at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association women’s basketball championship in Quebec City.

Kucera also had four rebounds and two steals. She was the Saints’ player of the game.

Logan Kucera of Chatham added 18 points, four rebounds, four steals and two assists.

Chatham’s Jessica Jordan and the Fanshawe Falcons lost to the Keyano Huskies 69-66 in a late quarter-final.

St. Clair will face Vancouver Island at 1 p.m. Friday, then Fanshawe will play Mount St. Vincent at 3 p.m. The Saints and Falcons each must win three straight games to earn a bronze medal.

White at CCAA curling

Chatham’s Erin White and the Fanshawe Falcons will begin the CCAA women’s curling championship Friday in Fredericton, N.B.

White is the vice for the Falcons, the OCAA gold medallists. She helped them win the CCAA title last year.

The gold-medal game is Tuesday.

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