MONTREAL – Five members of the McGill women’s volleyball team were among the honorees when the RSEQ all-stars and award winners were announced.
Yasmeen Dawoodjee, a native of Ottawa, merited first-team all-star status, while Virginie Hebert of St. Donat, Que., won the conference nomination for the Therese Quigley Award for best combining leadership with athletic prowess and academic excellence.
Named to the second dream team was Ashley Norfleet of Brossard, Que., and Catherine Amyot of Ottawa. Also recognized was Myriam Robitaille of Terrebonne, Que., who made the conference’s all-rookie team.
Dawoodjee, a 5-foot-8 setter, is a nutritional science senior. Over her 70 sets played this season, she was ranked second in the league with an average of 9.01 assists per set and was fifth in digs (2.86) and 10th in aces (0.34). She also averaged 0.33 blocks, 0.94 points and 0.40 kills along with a hitting percentage of .319.
Hébert, a 5-foot-11 middle blocker on the McGill University women’s volleyball team, is the RSEQ conference nominee for the Therese Quigley Award, present annually to the player who best combines sport with academics and citizenship. The 24-year-old native of St. Donat, Que., is a fifth year student working on a master’s degree in physical therapy. She earned a 3.82 grade-point average out of 3 to merit Academic All-Canadian status and a berth on the Principal’s Student-athlete Honour Roll. On the court, she ranked second in the Quebec league and fourth in the CIS with a 35.3 per cent hitting percentage. Off the court, Hébert serves as the volleyball team rep on the McGill Varsity Council, volunteered for the Montreal Shriner’s Hospital for Children, the annual McGill Athletics Food drive, the St. Donat Triathlon, was a volunteer therapist at the Quebec Games, a bike race fundraiser for cancer research and helped fundraise for the Ste. Justine Hospital.
Norfleet, a 5-foot-11 power-hitter, is an education junior majoring in teaching secondary English. She ranked seventh in league leaders for digs (2.70 per set) and ninth in kills (2.23). She averaged 2.65 points per set,0.14 aces and 0.51 blocks.
Amyot, a 5-foot-10 power-hitter, is a materials engineering junior who ranked fifth among league leaders in kills (2.51), sixth in digs (2.78) and ninth in scoring (3.01 points). She also averaged 0.35 aces and 0.25 blocks per set.
Robitaille, a six-foot middle blocker, is a biology freshman who saw action in 36 sets. She ranked 10th among league scoring leaders (2.78 points per set), sixth in aces (0.31), eighth in blocks (0.86) and 11th in hitting percentage (.236). She also averaged 1.92 kills and 1.08 digs per set.
2014-15 RSEQ WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL ALL-STARS
Katia Forcier, Montréal, Audiologie, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC
Alyssa Fields-Bouchard, Laval, Traduction, Chibougamau, QC
Roxanne Hasseni, Sherbrooke, Études politiques, Paris, France
Marie-Alex Bélanger, Montréal, Administration, Joliette, QC
Yasmeen Dawoodjee, McGill, Science (Nutritional Science), Ottawa ON
Kim Robitaille, Sherbrooke, Kinésiologie, Repentigny, QC
Ashley Norfleet, McGill, Education (Secondary English), Brossard,QC
Vicky Savard, Montréal, Enseignement sciences et tech. au secondaire, Ottawa ON
Esther Gilbert, Laval, Kinésiologie, St-Côme-Linière, QC
Marie-Sophie Nadeau, Montréal, Études libres, Saint-Aimé, QC
Valérie Lemay, Laval, Kinésiologie, Rouyn-Noranda, QC
Catherine Amyot, McGill, Engineering (Materials), Ottawa, ON
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Katia Forcier, Montréal, Audiologie, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QCROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Alex Béraud, Laval, Sciences infirmières, Trois-Rivières,, QC
LIBERO OF THE YEAR: Joanie Whittom, Sherbrooke, Administration des affaires, Sept-îles, QC
LEADERSHIP AWARD: Virginie Hébert, McGill, Physiothérapie, St. Donat, QC
COACH OF THE YEAR: Olivier Trudel, Université de Montréal
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