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UBC's Marcelle is top CIS women's volleyball player

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The Canadian Press
2/27/2013 9:05:27 PM
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SHERBROOKE, Que. -- University of British Columbia outside hitter Shanice Marcelle was named the Canadian Interuniversity Sport women's volleyball player of then year on Wednesday.

Marcelle, a fifth-year student from Victoria, won the Mary Lyons Award for the second time in three years. A UBC player has won the trophy for four years straight.

Sherbrooke outside hitter Raissa Nasser was named rookie of the year, Anastasia Callaghan of Saint Mary's earned top-libero honours, McMaster's Meagan Nederveen claimed the Quigley Award for excellence in volleyball, academics and community service and UBC Okanagan's Steve Manuel earned coach of the year.

Marcelle's strong play on offence and defence helped the five-time defending champion Thunderbirds post a 21-1 Canada West record. She finished fourth in the conference in kills (3.33) and points (4.16) per set, sixth in hitting percentage (.302) and seventh in service aces (0.46).

A long-time member of Canada's national team programs, both indoor and beach, Marcelle represented Canada at the 2011 Summer University Games in China.

"This award is well deserved for Shanice. She's had a fantastic season and an outstanding career," said UBC head coach Doug Reimer. "Shanice is an incredible all-around player as she does every aspect of the game so well. Her attacking is often what gets the wow factor but what is impressive is how skilled she is in all areas both front and back court.:

The other finalists for the player of the year award were Saint Mary's left side Ariel Smith, Sherbrooke middle Roxanne Hasseni and Ottawa left side Karina Krueger Schwanke.

Nasser, a native of Yaounde, Cameroon, was an immediate contributor in her university rookie year as she finished fourth in the Reseau du sport etudiant du Quebec (RSEQ) in points per set (3.6) and third in kills per set with a team-high 2.98. Her performances helped the Vert et Or claim first place in Quebec for the first time in eight years with a 15-5 record.

Saint Mary's middle Josie LeDuc, Ryerson outside hitter Veronica Livingston and Mount Royal left side Carolyn O'Dwyer were also in the running for the rookie of the year award.

Callaghan is the first player form the Atlantic University Sport conference to be named CIS libero of the year since the inception of the award in 2006.

The third-year junior from Truro, N.S., was a logical choice for the honour after she led the country in the regular season in both digs per set (4.7) and total digs (315). A first-team AUS all-star, the science student guided the Huskies (10-8) to a second-place finish in the conference standings.

The other nominees were Sherbrooke's Andreanne Whittom, Lakehead's Breanne Hilhorst and Trinity Western's Kristen Moncks.

Nederveen, from Dundas, Ont., is the first McMaster recipient of the Quigley Award.

The fifth-year libero and team captain started every game for the Marauders in her final season and finished fourth in the Ontario University Athletics conference and sixth in the country with 261 digs in league play (3.68 per set).

In the classroom, the kinesiology student was named as a Marauder Scholar and CIS Academic All-Canadian in January thanks to an academic average above 9.5 in 2011-12.

The other finalists were Dalhousie's Louise Facca, McGill's Genevieve Plante and Alberta's Jaki Ellis.

Manuel took coach of the year honours in UBC Okanagan's second competitive season.

The Heat surprised many by finishing fourth in league play with a 15-7 record and earning a home playoff date, a remarkable improvement from their 6-14 mark in their first season.

Dalhousie's Rick Scott, Sherbrooke's Denis Fontaine and Lakehead's Chris Green were also up for coach of the year honours.

Marcelle, Smith, Hasseni and Ellis were all named to the CIS all-Canadian first team along with Ottawa's Karina Krueger Schwanke, UBC's Lisa Barclay and Laval's Sophie Dallaire.

UBC women's volleyball (Photo: McMaster University sports information)

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(Photo: McMaster University sports information)
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