2013-14 Canada West women’s volleyball major awards and all-stars announced


Source: Canada West Communications

EDMONTON – Lisa Barclay has claimed Canada West women’svolleyball MVP honours, while Leah Shevkenek, Donata Huebert, JuliaPasieka and Lee Carter have also won annual awards.

Barclay is adding another honour to an already impressive resumeof achievements. The fourth-year outside hitter of the UBCThunderbirds has been named the Canada West women’s volleyball MostValuable Player.

A native of Brandon, Man., Barclay is the reigning two-time CISchampionship Most Valuable Player and tournament All-Star.

This season, she led the Canada West and the entire nation with4.26 kills per set and 404.5 total points over 22 matches played.Barclay was also sixth in the Canada West in service aces (0.37 perset). Her offensive prowess was a big reason UBC (18-4) was rankedNo. 1 in the CIS for the entire season.

In addition to her two CIS tournament MVP and All-Star awards,Barclay was a First Team All-Canadian and Canada West All-Star lastseason.

It is the seventh time in nine years a player from UBC has wonthe Canada West MVP award.

“Lisa has had a tremendous year and been vital to ourfirst-place league finish,” said head coach Doug Reimer. “There isabsolutely no doubt that her strong attacking keyed our offencemost nights. While statistics don’t tell the whole story by anymeans, Lisa’s average of almost five points a set is extremelyimpressive. Not only does that success top the conference in a yearthat saw some great performances from a number of strong outsidehitters, but also stands out as the highest total since the 2006-07season in Canada West.”

In her first season of CIS eligibility right out of WilliamAberhart High School in Calgary, University of Regina setter LeahShevkenek made an immediate impact as a starter at the mostdemanding position on the volleyball court to claim honours asRookie of the Year.

Shevkenek did not miss a set during the conference schedule,starting all 22 matches for the Cougars and finishing with 860assists – the most ever by a Canada West player in a singleseason, breaking the old mark of 842 set by Calgary’s NatalieSchwartz back in 2005. The first-year player contributed all overthe court, tying for first on the team with 27 service aces andfinishing fourth on the Cougars with 168 digs. She also added 35kills and 32 blocks for the U of R, helping the Cougars finish 9-1over their last 10 conference matches.

Shevkenek is the first University of Regina player to be namedthe Canada West Rookie of the Year.

Head coach Melanie Sanford said, “You don’t see a great deal offirst-year student-athletes that can step in, start immediately,and excel like Leah has, but her a tactical understanding of thegame and high-level experience has helped to bridge the gap fromthe high school and club levels to CIS volleyball,” adding, “Shehas earned the trust of our hitters with the consistent way shedelivers the ball and her overall game aside from setting is alsovery good – she’s a good defender, she serves well, and sheknows when to take responsibility and make adjustments.

In her second season of playing in Canada, Donata Huebert, a 5-9student out ofMinden, Germany, is bringing more hardware back toBrandon University as Libero of the Year following another terrificseason.

This adds to her already impressive resume. In her one previousseason in Canada West in 2010-11 she picked up the same award to goalong with the CIS libero of the year honours.

“Donata has been a leader since the day she arrived in Brandon,”says Bobcats head coach Lee Carter. “She’s done a real good job ofteaching our young athletes how to be professional and how torespect the sport. I think the recognition she’s getting is welldeserved. Nobody trains harder than her. She’s the type of athletethat makes everyone around her better.”

Huebert set a school record with 35 digs on January 22 againstthe University of Winnipeg, the most in a four-set Canada Westmatch since 2007. Huebert had 266 digs (3.64 per set) on theseason, good for fifth in the conference, but more importantly shehelped the Bobcats to a 17-5 regular season record, which alsohappens to be the best season in the program’s nine-yearhistory.

Julia Pasieka of the Mount Royal Cougars has been voted CanadaWest top student-athlete and CIS nominee for the prestigiousThérèse Quigley Award.

Julia has been a leader on and off the court for the Cougars forthe past five seasons. She was second on the team this past year inpoints (2.94 Pts/Set) and kills (2.20 K/Set). She was also theCougar’s biggest leader in the classroom throughout her time atMount Royal posting a cumulative GPA of 3.83 over five years,including multiple semesters above a 4.0. She was also MountRoyal’s first endorsed applicant for the Rhodes scholarship toOxford University, and while she was not offered the scholarship,she showed incredible perseverance and modesty through the entireapplication process.

Mount Royal head coach Sandra Lamb said, “Julia has been in myprogram for the last five years and I have never met a more drivenand passionate young woman.”

The Brandon Bobcats’ Lee Carter has been voted Coach of the Yearfollowing the team’s most successful season.

This is the first conference honour for Carter, but not hisfirst coach of the year award. Prior to joining the Bobcats, Carterwas named Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Coach of theYear in 2002-03.

Carter led the Bobcats to a 17-5 regular season record, the bestmark in the program’s nine-year history, which is also the bestsingle-season turn-around in the program’s history after going 8-14last year.

“I’m very happy for Lee. He’s put in a lot of hard work, inparticular this year, and has found a way to get the most out ofhis team and delivered great performances through-out the year,”says BU Athletic Director Russ Paddock. “His group has worked veryhard over the past year to get better and Lee played a big role inthe leadership and development of that mind-set to try to be thebest.”

Carter has been the Bobcats only head coach since the programjoined the Canada West conference in 2005. This season, the ‘Catsreached #2 in the CIS national rankings on November 26 beforedropping to #4 after the holiday break. Brandon went back to #2 onJanuary 14 and stayed there until the end of the season.


MVP: Lisa Barclay, UBC

Rookie of the Year: Leah Shevkenek, Regina

Libero of the Year: Donata Huebert, Brandon

Thérèse Quigley Student-Athlete Award nominee:Julia Pasieka, Mount Royal

Coach of the Year: Lee Carter, Brandon

ALL-STARS(alphabetical by surname)

First Team Second Team
Desiree Ates, Reg Brittany Habing, Man
Lisa Barclay, UBC Katy Klomps, UBCO
Sophie Carpentier, TWU Ozana Nikolic, Wpg
Meg Casault, AB Alicia Perrin, TWU
Donata Huebert, Bran Taylor Pischke, Man
Rosie Schlagintweit, UBC Michelle Sweeting, Reg

All-Rookie Team
Vaovai Aiono, Brandon
Vanessa Cornwall, Trinity Western
Michelle Jakszuk, UBC Okanagan
Janna Ogle, Calgary
Leah Shevkenek, Regina
Mariah Walsh, Alberta

Previous selections / awards by this year’swinners…

Lisa Barclay, UBC
2013 CIS Tournament All-Star & MVP
2013 CIS First Team All-Canadian
2013 CW 1st All-Star
2012 CIS Tournament All-Star & MVP

Donata Huebert, Brandon
20111 CW & CIS Libero of the Year

Ozana Nikolic, Winnipeg
2013 CW 2nd
2012 CW 2nd
2012 CW & CIS Rookie of the Year

Alicia Perrin, TWU
2013 CIS 2nd All-Canadian
2013 CW 1st All-Star
2012 CW 1st & CIS 2nd
2011 CW Rookie of the Year
2011 CIS All-Rookie

Award winners are now considered for national accolades, to behanded out by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) at the 2014national championship, hosted February 28-March 2 at the Universityof Regina.

The UBC Thunderbirds host the February 21-22 Canada West FinalFour in Vancouver, where three of four teams will qualify for theCIS championship. Host Regina has qualified automatically.Semifinals will take place on Friday night, with medal matchesgoing Saturday at 5:00 & 7:00 p.m. UBC Okanagan will take onUBC in one semifinal, with Manitoba facing Trinity Western in theother.

About Canada West Universities Athletic Association
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