CIS women’s volleyball: Barclay keeps MVP award in UBC family

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MARY LYONS AWARD (player of the year): Lisa Barclay, UBC

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REGINA (CIS) – Lisa Barclay, a fourth-year outside hitterfrom the reigning six-time national champion University of BritishColumbia Thunderbirds, was named CIS player of the year inwomen’s volleyball, Thursday evening.

A native of Brandon, Man., Barclay keeps the Mary Lyons Award inthe UBC family for the fifth consecutive season. She follows in thefootsteps of former teammates Shanice Marcelle (2013, 2011) andKyla Richey (2012), as well as Liz Cordonier (2010).

This marks the second longest such streak in CIS history, in anysport. The Winnipeg Wesmen – also in women’s volleyball – hadseven straight MVPs from 1983 to 1989.

Other major award winners announced during the All-CanadianReception held at the Regina Casino Show Lounge were Montrealsetter Katia Forcier, who captured the Mark Tennant Award as CISrookie of the year; Brandon’s Donata Huebert, who earnedtop-libero honours for the second time; Memorial’s AdriennePenney, who merited the Thérèse Quigley Award for herexcellence in volleyball, academics and community service; as wellas Brandon head coach Lee Carter, who received the Marilyn PomfretAward.

The 2014 CIS championship, presented by SGI CANADA, kicks offFriday at University of Regina and culminates Sunday at 6 p.m.Central Time with the gold-medal final. All 11 games from theeight-team competition will be webcast live in HD on www.CIS-SIC.tv.

MARY LYONS AWARD (player of the year): Lisa Barclay,UBC

Barclay, the 10th Thunderbird overall to claim the Mary LyonsAward, was the offensive catalyst for a UBC team that was rankedNo. 1 in the country for the entire campaign.

The 6-foot-2 senior led CIS in kills (4.26) and points (4.99)per set in league play, her-point-per-game average being thehighest in Canada West in seven years. The kinesiology student alsofinished sixth in the conference in service aces (0.37 per set) andchipped in defensively with 211 digs, only six off the team lead.Thanks to her stellar play, she earned first-team all-star statusin both Canada West and CIS for the second straight season.

Barclay has helped the T-Birds win the CIS title in each of herfirst three campaigns with the team and was voted MVP of the lasttwo national championships.

Internationally, she is a mainstay with Canada’s seniornational team, having represented the country in numerous events,such as the Pan American Cup and the 2013 Summer Universiade, overthe past couple of years.

“This award couldn’t go to a more likable and humbleplayer. Lisa has grown as a leader on our team through herperformance and her hard work on and off the court. She’s adedicated student-athlete as she has earned Academic All-Canadianstatus as well,” said UBC head coach Doug Reimer. “Shestepped up so many times for us throughout the year with incredibleoffensive performances. Her ability to consistently deliver showshow much she has developed and built consistently. But she hashelped lead us back to the CIS championship as well with herserving and back court play to go along with many highlight reelkills.”

The other finalists for the Mary Lyons Award were Dalousiemiddle Maggie Li, Sherbrooke middle Roxane Hasseni and Ottawa leftside Myriam English.

MARK TENNANT AWARD (rookie of the year): Katia Forcier,Montreal

Forcier, who hails from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., is thethird Montreal player to receive the Tennant Award after currentteammate Marie-Sophie Nadeau (2011) and former OlympianJosée Corbeil (1993).

In her university debut, the 5-foot-10 setter quarterbacked themost efficient offence in the country as the Carabins maintained aCIS-best .229 hitting percentage. The 20-year-old audiology studentaveraged 9.08 assists per set in league play, tops in the Quebecconference and good for eighth in the nation. She also excelled atthe service line with 31 aces, while chipping in at the net with 36blocks and on defence with 125 digs.

Named a second-team RSEQ all-star, Forcier helped the Carabinsreturn to the top of the conference standings thanks to a 15-4record, following a third-place finish a year ago. She joined the Uof M after a stellar CEGEP career with Collège deBois-de-Boulogne.

“Katia is well deserving of this honour,” saidMontreal bench boss Olivier Trudel. “She showed a lot ofpoise and talent on the court as a freshman. She’s stilllearning and has many great seasons in front of her with theCarabins.”

Saint Mary’s left side Rachel Windhorst, Guelph left sideMadison DeDecker and Regina setter Leah Shevkenek were also in therunning for the Tennant Award.

LIBERO OF THE YEAR: Donata Huebert, Brandon

A native of Minden, Germany, Huebert was also named CIS liberoof the year in her only previous season in Canada, in 2010-11.

The 5-foot-9 international player ranked fifth in Canada West inleague play with an average of 3.64 digs per set. On January 22against Winnipeg, she established a team record with 35 digs, themost in a four-set Canada West match since 2007.

Her dominance in the back court helped the Bobcats finish with aremarkable 17-5 conference mark, the best in the program’snine-year history. For her efforts, Huebert was named a first-teamall-Canadian, a rare feat for a libero.

“Donata has been a leader since the day she arrived inBrandon,” said head coach Lee Carter. “She’s donea real good job of teaching our young athletes how to beprofessional and how to respect the sport. I think the recognitionshe’s getting is well deserved. Nobody trains harder thanher. She’s the type of athlete that makes everyone around herbetter.”

The other nominees were Saint Mary’s Anastasia Callaghan,McGill’s Daphnée-Maude André-Morin andGuelph’s Kristen Almhjell.

MARILYN POMFRET AWARD (coach of the year): Lee Carter,Brandon

Prior to joining the Bobcats for their inaugural campaign in2005-06, Carter was coach of the year with Grand Prairie RegionalCollege in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) in2002-03.

This season, he operated a remarkable turnaround with the‘Cats as the team improved from an 8-14 mark a year ago to a17-5 record, the best in program history, good for second place inthe ultra-competitive Canada West conference. Brandon also reachedits best-ever national ranking in 2013-14, at No. 2, including eachof the last five weekly coaches’ polls.

Statistically, the Bobcats ranked among the best teams in thecountry in a number of categories, including third in hittingpercentage (.216) and assists per set (11.82), as well as fourth inblocking (2.79 per set).

“I’m very happy for Lee. He’s put in a lot ofhard work, in particular this year, and has found a way to get themost out of his team. They delivered great performances throughoutthe year,” said BU athletic director Russ Paddock. “Hisgroup has worked very hard over the past year to get better and Leeplayed a big role in the leadership and development of thatmind-set to try to be the best.”

UNB’s Jilliane Goulet, Montreal’s Olivier Trudel andToronto’s Kristine Drakich were also up for coach-of-the-yearhonours.

THÉRÈSE QUIGLEY AWARD (volleyball,academics & community service): Adrienne Penney,Memorial

Penney is the first student-athlete from Memorial to receive theThérèse Quigley Award since its inception in1994.

On the court, the fourth-year power hitter played in all 16league games and all 60 sets this season. She was fourth overall inthe AUS conference in block assists with 36, seventh in totalblocks (50) and seventh in blocks per set (0.83).

The pharmacy student from St. John’s is currently servingas past president of the MUN Pharmacy Society and has led and takenpart in many pharmacy advancement events such as Pharmacy AwarenessWeek. She has been a pharmacy yearbook committee member and editorfor the past four years and is serving as a grad committee memberfor 2014.

Penney has also taken part in numerous fundraising events forcharity including the AIDS Walk for Life, CIBC Run for the Cure,the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, as well as theChristmas Families initiative. She led and coordinated the Home forDinner program for the Ronald McDonald House this past February andsold bracelets to raise money for the Canadian Breast CancerFoundation at Memorial’s Go Pink event in January.

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.

“Adrienne is an outstanding student who’s justcompleting her pharmacy degree and will start her career in NewBrunswick in May,” said Memorial head coach Bill Thistle.“She has been an outstanding leader for the Sea-Hawks and thepharmacy school. She has a beautiful heart, a mature mind and has apositive impact on all she’s touched. We will miss her, butwe know that our loss will be someone else’s gain.”

The other finalists were McMaster’s Amanda Weldon andMount Royal’s Julia Pasieka.

ALL-CANADIANTEAMS

The all-Canadian teams were also announced on Thursday.

Joining Barclay and Huebert on the first CIS squad wereDalhousie middle Maggie Li, Sherbrooke middle Roxane Hasseni andOttawa left side Myriam English, all named MVP in their respectiveconference this season, as well as outside hitters Marie-SophieNadeau of Montreal and Sophie Carpentier of Trinity Western.

Barclay and Hasseni are the lone returnees from lastyear’s first unit, while Li and Nadeau were second-teamall-stars 12 months ago. Hasseni was also named to the second squadin 2012, while Nadeau, a former CIS rookie of the year, wasselected as an all-Canadian for the fourth time in as manyuniversity campaigns, including a pair of first-team nods (2014,2012).

The second dream team for 2013-14 is comprised of outsidehitters Desiree Ates of Regina, Meg Casault of Alberta and RosieSchlagintweit of UBC, right sides Esther Gilbert of Laval andKelsie English of Ottawa, left side Charlotte Sider of Toronto andlibero Daphnée-Maude André-Morin of McGill.

In addition to Forcier, the CIS all-rookie list includes leftsides Madison DeDecker of Guelph, Rachel Windhorst of SaintMary’s and Vaovai Aiono of Brandon, outside hitter Sarah Rossof Acadia, right side Tessa Davis of Toronto and setter LeahShevkenek of Regina.

2013-2014 CISWOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL AWARDS &ALL-CANADIANS

Mary Lyons Award (player of the year): LisaBarclay, UBC
Mark Tennant Award (rookie of the year): KatiaForcier, Montreal
Libero of the year: Donata Huebert, Brandon
Marilyn Pomfret Award (coach of the year): LeeCarter, Brandon
Thérèse Quigley Award (volleyball, academics& community service): Adrienne Penney, Memorial

FirstTeam

Position – Athlete – University -Year – Hometown – Faculty

OH Lisa Barclay UBC 4 Brandon,Man. Kinesiology
LIB Donata Huebert Brandon 2 Minden,Germany Physical Education
M Maggie Li Dalhousie 3 Beijing,China Commerce
OH Marie-SophieNadeau Montreal 4 St-Aimé,Que. Open Studies
LS MyriamEnglish Ottawa 4 Orleans,Ont. Social Sciences
M RoxaneHasseni Sherbrooke 3 Paris,France Political Science
OH Sophie Carpentier TWU 2 Ottawa,Ont. Psychology

SecondTeam

LS CharlotteSider Toronto 4 Ottawa,Ont. Kinesiology
OH Desiree Ates Regina 5 Regina,Sask. Nursing
RS EstherGilbert Laval 4 St-Come-Liniere,Que. Education
RS KelsieEnglish Ottawa 4 Orleans,Ont. Social Sciences
OH Meg Casault Alberta 2 Edmonton,Alta. PE & Recreation
OH Rosie Schlagintweit UBC 4 Abbotsford,B.C. Arts
LIB Daphnée-MaudeAndré-Morin McGill 4 Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac,Que. Education

All-RookieTeam

S KatiaForcier Montreal 1 St-Jean-sur-Richelieu,Que. Audiology
S LeahShevkenek Regina 1 Calgary ,Alta. Kinesiology & HS
LS MadisonDeDecker Guelph 1 Dorchester, Ont. HumanKinetics
LS Rachel Windhorst SaintMary’s 1 Surrey, B.C. Arts
OH Sarah Ross Acadia 1 Toronto,Ont. Arts
RS /M TessaDavis Toronto 1 South Surrey,B.C. International Relations
LS Vaovai Aiono Brandon 1 Auckland,New Zealand Physical Education

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