MONTREAL — Rachele Beliveau, head coach of the McGill University women’s volleyball team, has announced her recruiting class for the 2014-15 season. The newcomers include Myriam Robitaille of Terrebonne, Que., Émilie Matte de Grace of Montreal, Rachel Todd of Hamilton, Ont., and Thara Dawoodjee from Ottawa.
“We have had a very good recruiting season,” said Beliveau, who has racked up a 479-436-2 overall record in 917 contests during her 22 seasons at McGill. “They have all shown great potential and excelled in their previous teams. They are the future for our program and will certainly play a role in contributing to the success of our team.”
Robitaille, a six-foot middle blocker with College Edouard-Montpetit, which won silver at the 2014 RSEQ junior college championship. She was a second-team all-star in the RSEQ circuit and made the conference’s all-academic team. She will study in the faculty of Arts & Science. Robitaille was a starter for the Quebec provincial team at the Canada Games last summer in Sherbrooke. “She is a very dynamic and experienced middle player who has had a lot of success with a strong CEGEP program,” says Beliveau.
Matte de Grace, an education freshman who also played for College Edouard-Montpetit, is a 5-foot-9 power-hitter who can start on the right-side as well . “She has had similar success with the Lynx (in the CEGEP league) and brings great potential to develop at the university level,” notes Beliveau.
Todd, a 5-foot-11 outside hitter who played for Cardinal Newman Catholic secondary school as well as the Eclipse West and Defensa volleyball club teams. “She is a very dynamic and agile player,” Beliveau said of the is an Arts freshman. “A great all-around athlete, she is both focused and driven at the same time.”
Dawoodjee, a 5-foot-9 sttter from Glebe Collegiate Institute who played for the Ottawa Maverick Shotguns, will study in physical education and is the younger sister of current McGill starting setter Yasmeen Dawoodjee. “She has as much potential as her sister did when she joined our team three years ago,” says Beliveau. “Both sisters are truly dedicated athletes and Thara showed considerable improvement at the club level last season.”
The Martlets posted a 20-15 record overall last season, including a 10-9 fourth-place mark in RSEQ regular-season play. The team could lose up to three seniors, including Marie-Christine Lapointe, Daphnee-Maude Andre-Morin and team captain Genevieve Plante, each of whom has a fifth-year of CIS eligibility remaining.
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