MONTREAL – Rachele Beliveau, head coach of the McGill University women’s volleyball team has announced her squad’s major award winners for the 2013-14 season.
Daphnee-Maude Andre-Morin, a 22-year-old native of Vaudreuil sur le Lac, Que., was named as the team’s most valuable player, while Erika Cournoyer of Longueuil, Que., was a double-award winner. She was voted as the team’s rookie of the year and also received the most sportsmanlike player award. Finally, Yasmeen Dawoodjee of Ottawa merited most improved player honours.
André-Morin, who was raised in Kitchener, Ont., was voted libero of the year for the third time in the Quebec conference, while earning RSEQ all-star honours for the second time. She became the 11th All-Canadian in team history, receiving second-team honours.
The fifth-year education senior who majors in teaching French as a second language, had an impressive comeback season after sitting out the entire 2012-13 campaign while recovering from a torn ACL in her knee. The 5-foot-7 veteran posted a league-leading 4.72 digs per set, which ranked second in the nation. Her season total of 335 digs ranked third in the CIS. On offence, she averaged 0.42 assists per set.
For overcoming her traumatic knee injury, she received the University’s Dr. Mac Teskey Trophy, presented to an individual who has overcome significant adversity to serve as an inspiration to others.
“Daphnée overcome a major injury to regain her title of libero of the year,” said Beliveau, who posted a 20-15 record overall last season in her 22nd year behind the bench and needs only 21 more victories to reach the 500-win milestone. “She was the best passer and the top defensive player in the league.”
Cournoyer, a 5-foot-11 middle blocker and an economics freshman, ranked 10th among league leaders in hitting percentage (.233). She played in 38 of the team’s 74 sets, registering 32 kills and six aces. Defensively, she had 17 digs, four blocked shots and 12 assisted blocks.
“Érika saw action in half of our regular-season matches, which is rare for a freshman and was our most efficient hitter,” noted Beliveau. “She always brought a positive energy to practice and to each game. She contributed more significantly as the season wore on.”
Dawoodjee, a 5-foot-8 setter, earned second-team all-star status in the RSEQ conference. She finished third in the league with 0.47 service aces per set. The nutrition junior was second in the conference with 8.25 assists per game.
“Yasmeen improved considerably last season,” said Beliveau. She has overcome the challenge of taking over as a starter and improved so much in a role that is so important on a team. She has proven to be a very agile athlete I’m looking forward to an even better season next year.”
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