McGill’s Robitaille named to CIS volleyball all-rookie team

McGill middle blocker Myriam Robitaille was named to the CIS all-rookie team in women’s volleyball

McGill volleyball’s Myriam Robitaille

TORONTO – Myriam Robitaille, a six-foot middle-blocker from McGill University, has been named to the CIS all-rookie team in women’s volleyball.
Robitaille, a 20-year-old biology freshman who missed part of the season with injury, saw action in 36 of the team’s 71 sets played and earned RSEQ conference all-rookie honours as well. She averaged 1.92 kills and 1.08 digs per set, ranking 10th among league scoring leaders, with 2.78 points per set. She was sixth in aces (0.31), eighth in blocks (0.86) and 11th in hitting percentage (.236). Robitaille’s single-game best offensive perfomance came against the division-leading Monmtreal Carabins in a 3-0 loss on Nov. 2, when she tallied 18 points, composed of a dozen kills, three aces and three blocked shots, to go along with one dig.

Robitaille was joined on the CIS all-rookie squad by Calgary outside-hitter Kate Pexman, who captured the Mark Tennant Award as rookie of the year, plus UNB left side Victoria Eadle, Western middle Kelsey Veltman, Laval middle Alex Béraud, Saint Mary’s setter Elly Prince, and Dalhousie left side Mieke Dumont.
Among the other major award winners announced by the CIS was Rachel Cockrell, a fourth-year right-side hitter from the University of Manitoba, who was named the CIS player of the year. A native of Winnipeg, Cockrell became the sixth Mary Lyons Award recipient from the Bisons’ program. Other award winners were Donata Huebert, who earned top libero honours for the third time; UNB setter Paige Paulsen, who merited the Thérèse Quigley Award for her excellence in volleyball, academics and community service; as well as Toronto’s Kristine Drakich, who became the first Varsity Blues head coach to receive the Marilyn Pomfret Award.
The all-Canadian teams were also announced and joining Cockrell on the first CIS unit were conference MVPs Katia Forcier of Montreal, Charlotte Sider of Toronto and Rachel Windhorst of Saint Mary’s, Alberta outside hitter Meg Casault, Trinity Western middle Alicia Perrin and Ottawa left side Myriam English.
Sider (2014 second team), Casault (2014 second), Perrin (2013 & 2012 second) and English (2014 first) are all repeat all-Canadians.
In addition to Huebert, this season’s second dream team is comprised of UBC Okanagan middle Katy Klomps, Laval middle Alyssa Fields-Bouchard, Thompson Rivers outside Iuliia Pakhomenko, Sherbrooke middle Roxane Hasseni, Montreal power Marie-Alex Bélanger and Alberta middle Dione Lang.
Hasseni was honoured for the fourth straight year, including first-team nods in 2013 and 2014.
Championship website:
Mary Lyons Award (player of the year): Rachel Cockrell, Manitoba
Mark Tennant Award (rookie of the year): Kate Pexman, Calgary
Libero of the year: Donata Huebert, Brandon
Marilyn Pomfret Award (coach of the year): Kristine Drakich, Toronto
Thérèse Quigley Award (volleyball, academics & community service): Paige Paulsen, UNB

First Team


Pos.          Athlete                        University       Year    Hometown                  Faculty
RS            Rachel Cockrell           Manitoba         4          Winnipeg, Man.           Arts     
S   Katia Forcier                Montreal          2          St. Jean sur Richelieu, Que.   Audiology       
OH           Meg Casault                 Alberta             3          Edmonton, Alta.          Phys. Ed. & Recreation           
M  Alicia Perrin                 TWU                5          Creston, B.C.               Arts     
LS Charlotte Sider             Toronto            5          Ottawa, Ont.                Kinesiology    
LS Rachel Windhorst        Saint Mary’s    2          Surrey, B.C.                 Arts     
LS Myriam English           Ottawa             5          Orleans, Ont.               Education       

Second Team
M  Katy Klomps               UBC-O            4          Surrey, B.C.                 Nursing           
M  Alyssa Fields-Bouchard    Laval               2          Chibougamau, Que.     Translation      
OH           Iuliia Pakhomenko       TRU                 3          Donetsk, Ukraine         Masters (Bus. Admin.)
M  Roxane Hasseni           Sherbrooke      4          Paris, France                Masters (Pol. Science) 
L   Donata Huebert           Brandon           3          Minden, Germany        Education       
PH            Marie-Alex Bélanger    Montreal          2          Joliette, Que.                Administration
M  Dione Lang                  Alberta             5          Killam, Alta.                Phys. Ed. & Recreation           
All-Rookie Team
OH           Kate Pexman               Calgary            1          Calgary, Alta.               Engineering     
LS Victoria Eadle              UNB                1          Gallagher Ridge, N.B.  Rec. & Sport Studies   
M  Kelsey Veltman           Western           1          Brampton, Ont.            King’s College
M  Alex Béraud                Laval               1          Trois-Rivières, Que.     Nursing           
S   Elly Prince                   Saint Mary’s    1          Calgary, Alta.               Arts     
Myriam Robitaille        McGill             1          Terrebonne, Que.         Science (Biology)       
LS Mieke Dumont             Dalhousie        1          Kamloops, B.C.           Kinesiology    

For more information:
Michel Bélanger        
Communications & Media Relations
Canadian Interuniversity Sport
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