Newspaper article The Canadian Press

UBC's Marcelle Is Top CIS Women's Volleyball Player for Second Time in 3 Years

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

UBC's Marcelle Is Top CIS Women's Volleyball Player for Second Time in 3 Years

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Marcelle is top CIS women's volleyball player


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. …

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