Avery Brevett, who had a sensational four-year career with the Seneca Scouts, will be inducted into the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Hall of Fame. She will be honoured in the Athlete category.
Brevett led the Scouts (now the Sting) to Ontario Colleges Athletic Association titles in each of her four seasons at Seneca during the 1990’s.
“Avery’s exceptional athleticism and power identified her as a player to watch provincially and nationally, right from her rookie year,” said Linda Stapleton, Director of Sport and Recreation at Seneca.
In her freshman and sophomore years, Brevett was named a CCAA All-Canadian and in her final two seasons, she earned CCAA All-Star nods at Nationals. In her four appearances at the CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship, the Scouts advanced to the bronze-medal game each time, capturing third-place finishes on two occasions.
She was twice named Seneca’s Female Athlete of the Year (1992-93 and 1994-95) and her jersey was retired by the institution after her collegiate career ended. Brevett, who is currently an assistant coach for the Sting, was named to the OCAA Women’s Volleyball All-Millennium Team in 2000.
“Avery was the most committed and dedicated team player,” said Rozika Sulatycki, who along with husband Frank, coached Brevett at Seneca. “She always strived to grow and improve as an individual as well as a key contributor to the team.”
It’s only fitting that Brevett will be inducted into the CCAA Hall of Fame alongside her coaches, the Sulatycki’s, whom she remains good friends with.
Brevett was a key student-athlete the Sulatycki’s leaned heavily on.
“As coaches, we relied on her to take up any position on the court where her skills were required, for example, be it on the left or right side at the net,” said Frank Sulatycki. “Avery willingly accepted this role for the benefit of the team.”
Brevett had plenty of opportunities to soak up the CCAA National Championship experience and fondly remembers the feeling of finally breaking through and earning a CCAA medal in 1994 after a pair of fourth-place finishes. She also recalls a nerve-racking propeller plane ride in British Columbia at Nationals in 1992.
But Brevett will never forget the crushing four-set loss to Sherbrooke in the 1995 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship semi-final.
“I’ve never played in a match like that before,” said Brevett. “We ended up losing that match, however I fully believe if we won that we would have brought home the gold.”
Sherbrooke, which defeated Seneca in four sets, went on to win the tournament. “I remember how proud and upset I was all at the same time,” she said.
The Scouts regrouped however and edged Mount Royal College in five sets to earn their second straight bronze medal.
“It was so tough playing in the bronze-medal game and when we finally won we didn’t appreciate what an achievement it was at the time, as we came to win the whole thing,” said Brevett.
“However, (looking back), the last and final season may be my fondest memory.”