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.
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2014-2015 CIS WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL AWARDS & ALL-CANADIANS
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
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
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
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
M Myriam Robitaille McGill 1 Terrebonne, Que. Science (Biology)
LS Mieke Dumont Dalhousie 1 Kamloops, B.C. Kinesiology
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