2013-14 AUS women’s volleyball awards and all-stars announced

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Source: AUS Communications

HALIFAX, N.S. – Atlantic University Sport is pleased to announcethe 2013-14 AUS women’s volleyball all-stars and major awardwinners as selected by the conference’s seven head coachesfollowing regular season play.

Third-year Dalhousie middle Maggie Li was named the AtlanticUniversity Sport most valuable player, Thursday night.

Other AUS major award winners announced tonight during theawards banquet held in Halifax, N.S.

were Saint Mary’s left sideRachel Windhorst who was named rookie of the year; SMU’s AnastasiaCallaghan of Truro, N.S., who was selected as the libero of theyear for the third year in a row; Memorial’s Adrienne Penney of St.John’s, N.L., who received the student-athlete community serviceaward; and UNB head coach Jilliane Goulet, who was named the AUScoach of the year for the first time in her career.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Maggie Li, Dalhousie

Maggie Li, a 6-foot-1 middle with the defending AUS champion andfirst-place Dalhousie Tigers, wrapped up her third season byleading the conference in scoring (3.9 points per set) and boastingthe highest hitting percentage with 0.347.

Li also ranked second in blocks per set with 1.12, third intotal blocks with 60 (including ranking third in block assists with38 and third in solo blocks with 22), and fourth in kills with145.

The Tigers were 12-4 this season, finishing first in the AUSstandings and earning a first round bye in this year’s Subway AUSwomen’s volleyball championship.

This is the first time in nine seasons that a player fromDalhousie has taken home the conference’s top award. This year’sAUS coach of the year, UNB’s Jilliane Goulet, last took home theaward in 2004-05 for Dalhousie when she played for the Tigers.

In addition to being selected as AUS MVP, Li earned a place onthe AUS first team all-star squad for the third time in as manyseasons. In her 2011-12 rookie season, Li took home AUS rookie ofthe year honours and was named to the all-rookie team. Last season,she was also named a second team all-Canadian.

“Maggie has had an outstanding year for our team. She has playedin every match and been a strong and consistent performer for ourteam night in and night out,” said Tigers head coach Rick Scott.”One of Maggie’s greatest strengths is her volleyball IQ as she isone of the most intelligent players that I have had the privilegeof coaching. She is an extremely coachable athlete and a pleasureto have on the team.”

Li will look to become the first AUS player to be named CISplayer of the year since 1981-82, when Dalhousie’s Karen Maessenwon the award.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Rachel Windhorst, SaintMary’s

Rachel Windhorst of Surrey, B.C. becomes the fourth player fromthe Saint Mary’s program to claim the AUS rookie of the year award.She is also the second consecutive winner from the Huskies squad asteammate Josie LeDuc took home the honour last season.

Windhorst, a 5-foot-11 left side, started all 16 matches for theHuskies in her freshman season, playing in 61 of 67 sets.

She tallied 170 total kills, good for second in the conference.Her average of 2.79 kills per set ranked fourth overall. Windhorstalso finished third in total attacks with 496.

“It is nice to see Rachel recognized for her impressive playthis year,” said Huskies head coach Darren Russell. “She is a verygifted athlete who competes hard every chance she gets. Hercombination of composure, creativity and tenacity has enabled herto have a significant impact in each game.”

No Atlantic conference player has ever won the Mark TennantAward as the CIS rookie of the year.

LIBERO OF THE YEAR: Anastasia Callaghan, Saint Mary’s(Kristen Ryan Memorial Award)

Callaghan is the 2013-14 recipient of the Kristen Ryan MemorialAward as the conference’s top libero, and is also the first playerto win this award in three consecutive seasons.

A fourth-year student-athlete from Truro, N.S., Callaghan ledboth the conference and the CIS in total digs with 380 and in digsper set with 5.59.

“Anastasia has been a great leader both on and off the courtthis year,” said Saint Mary’s head coach Darren Russell. “She is anamazing athlete who trains hard each and every day. This award is acredit to all the hard work she puts into her game.”

Callaghan (2012-13, 2011-12), Christena MacRae (2007-08) andCatherine MacFarlane (2003-04) are the only Saint Mary’s players tobe named the Atlantic conference’s top libero since the award wasestablished in 1999-00.

Last year, the award was renamed in honour of former Cape BretonCapers student-athlete Kristen Ryan. Ryan, a native of PortHastings, N.S., and a five-year member of the CBU women’svolleyball team, passed away in October 2012 following amotor-vehicle accident outside of Halifax.

Last season, Callaghan became the first AUS women’s volleyballplayer to take home CIS libero of the year honours.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Jilliane Goulet, UNB

Jilliane Goulet, in her second year at the helm of the VarsityReds program, becomes just the second UNB women’s volleyball coachto be selected by her peers as the AUS coach of the year.

Current Varsity Reds athletic director John Richard last tookhome the honour for UNB when he coached the team in 2006-07.

UNB finishes in third place this season with a 7-9 record.Goulet’s Varsity Reds squad led the conference in total serviceaces this season with 124 and services aces per set with 2.18.

The team also led in block assists (189), was second in totalblocks (145) and second in blocks per set (2.54).

Prior to accepting the UNB head coach position, Goulet playedprofessionally in Europe for six years. She is a graduate ofDalhousie University in Halifax where she competed herself as anAUS student-athlete with the Tigers for four years.

She was 2002 AUS rookie of the year and was named AUS MVP twiceduring her time at Dalhousie. She was also a three-time CISall-Canadian.

“Jilliane continues to grow as a coach and has workedtremendously hard since taking this position eighteen short monthsago,” said UNB athletic director John Richard. “She was anexceptional CIS student-athlete and seeing her pass that knowledgeand experience onto our V-Reds has been exciting. We look forwardto Coach Goulet leading our program towards many more successfulseasons.”

Goulet will represent the AUS as the nominee for CIS coach ofthe year. Moncton head coach Monette Boudreau-Carroll is the onlyAUS coach to ever be named the CIS coach of the year.

STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: AdriennePenney, Memorial (Erin Bursey Memorial Award)

Memorial fourth-year power Adrienne Penney is the 2013-14recipient of the Erin Bursey Memorial Award, given to the women’svolleyball student-athlete who best exhibits outstandingachievements in three areas: volleyball, academics and communityinvolvement.

Penney, a pharmacy student from St. John’s, N.L., is currentlyserving as past president of the MUN Pharmacy Society and has ledand taken part in many pharmacy advancement events such as PharmacyAwareness Week.

She has been a pharmacy yearbook committee member and editor forthe past four years and is serving as a grad committee member for2014.

Penney has taken part in numerous fundraising events for charityincluding the AIDS Walk for Life, CIBC Run for the Cure and theCanadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. She led and coordinatedthe ‘Home for Dinner’ program for the Ronald McDonald House thispast February and sold bracelets to raise money for the CanadianBreast Cancer Foundation at Memorial’s ‘Go Pink’ event this pastJanuary.

She has led the ‘Christmas Families’ fundraising event for herclass since 2010. Pharmacy students fundraise to buy toys and otheritems for underprivileged families in St. John’s at Christmastime.

Further to her fundraising activities, Penney has been involvedin the local community through coaching and participating indevelopment camps for junior high and high school students with theMemorial volleyball team each summer.

On the court, Penney played in all 16 of Memorial’s games thisseason and all 60 of their sets. She was fourth overall in theconference in block assists with 36, seventh in total blocks (50)and seventh in blocks per set (0.83).

“Adrienne is an outstanding student who’s just completing herpharmacy degree and will start her career in New Brunswick in May,”said Sea-Hawks head coach Bill Thistle. “She has been anoutstanding leader for the Sea-Hawks and the pharmacy school. Shehas a beautiful heart, a mature mind and has a positive impact onall she’s touched. We will miss her, but we know that our loss willbe someone else’s gain.”

This award was recently renamed in honour of former MemorialSea-Hawks student-athlete Erin Bursey. Bursey, a two-time CISAcademic all-Canadian and a captain with Sea-Hawks women’svolleyball team, passed away last year following a pedestrianvehicle accident in St. John’s.

Penney will be the AUS nominee for the CIS Therese QuigleyAward. Acadia’s Lori-Beth MacEwen (2002-03 and 2003-04) and MountAllison’s Megan Toews (2001-02) are the only Atlantic conferencerecipients of the CIS award.

FIRST AND SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS AND ALL-ROOKIETEAM

The Atlantic University Sport first and second team all-starswere also announced Thursday evening, along with this year’sall-rookie team.

First Team All-Stars:

Maggie Li, Dalhousie (3rd year – Beijing,China)
Rebecca Glancy, UNB (5th year – Toronto, Ont.)
Shelby Michaels, Saint Mary’s (3rd year – MillBay, B.C.)
Desiree Nouwen, Dalhousie (1st year – Weert,Netherlands)
Angela Peddle, Memorial (5th year – St. John’s,N.L.)
Meg Rector, Acadia (5th year – Milton, Ont.)
Libero – Anastasia Callaghan, Saint Mary’s (4th year– Truro, N.S.)

Second Team All-Stars:
Jane Pegg, Saint Mary’s (5th year –Weyburn, Sask.)
Joline Richard, Moncton (5th year – St. Charles deKent, N.B.)
Kristen Bolduc, Acadia (5th year – Sudbury,Ont.)
Kirsten Sorensen, Memorial (4th year – Red Deer,Alta.)
Celina Abba, UNB (4th year – Fredericton,N.B.)
Tara Gowan, Dalhousie (3rd year – Sydney,N.S.)
Libero – Paige Nelmes, UNB (2nd year – Poole,UK)

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM:
Rachel Windhorst, Saint Mary’s (1st year– Surrey, B.C.)
Sarah Ross, Acadia (1st year – Toronto, Ont.)
Alyssa Turenne, Moncton (1st year – La Broquerie,Man.)
Erin Smith, Saint Mary’s (1st year – Moncton,N.B.)
Anna Dunn, Dalhousie (1st year – Halifax,N.S.)
Tessa Bulmer, Acadia (1st year – Halifax,N.S.)

The 2014 Subway Atlantic University Sport women’s volleyballchampionship will be hosted by Dalhousie University, Feb. 14-16,2014 in Halifax, N.S.

The championship schedule is as follows: (seeding inbrackets)

Friday, Feb. 14
Quarter-final #1: Moncton (4th) vs. Memorial (5th), 5p.m.
Quarter-final #2: UNB (3rd) vs. Acadia (6th), 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15
Semifinal #1: Dalhousie (1st) vs. winner of quarter-final#1, 4:30 p.m.
Semifinal #2: Saint Mary’s (2nd) vs. winner of quarter-final #2, 7p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16
Championship Game: Semifinal winners, 2 p.m.

The AUS champion will advance to the 2014 CIS women’s volleyballchampionship, Feb. 28 – March 2, 2014, hosted by the University ofRegina.

All matches of the 2014 Subway AUS women’s volleyballchampionship will be webcast at www.AUStv.ca.

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