(HALIFAX, N.S.) - Atlantic University Sport is pleased to announce the 2013-14 AUS women's volleyball all-stars and major award winners as selected by the conference's seven head coaches following regular season play.
Third-year Dalhousie middle Maggie Li was named the Atlantic University Sport most valuable player, Thursday night.
Other AUS major award winners announced tonight during the awards banquet held in Halifax, N.S. were Saint Mary's left side Rachel Windhorst who was named rookie of the year; SMU's Anastasia Callaghan of Truro, N.S., who was selected as the libero of the year for the third year in a row; Memorial's Adrienne Penney of St. John's, N.L., who received the student-athlete community service award; and UNB head coach Jilliane Goulet, who was named the AUS coach of the year for the first time in her career.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jilliane Goulet, UNB
Jilliane Goulet, in her second year at the helm of the Varsity Reds program, becomes just the second UNB women's volleyball coach to be selected by her peers as the AUS coach of the year.
Current Varsity Reds athletic director John Richard last took home the honour for UNB when he coached the team in 2006-07.
UNB finishes in third place this season with a 7-9 record. Goulet's Varsity Reds squad led the conference in total service aces this season with 124 and services aces per set with 2.18.
The team also led in block assists (189), was second in total blocks (145) and second in blocks per set (2.54).
Prior to accepting the UNB head coach position, Goulet played professionally in Europe for six years. She is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax where she competed herself as an AUS student-athlete with the Tigers for four years.
She was 2002 AUS rookie of the year and was named AUS MVP twice during her time at Dalhousie. She was also a three-time CIS all-Canadian.
"Jilliane continues to grow as a coach and has worked tremendously hard since taking this position eighteen short months ago," said UNB athletic director John Richard. "She was an exceptional CIS student-athlete and seeing her pass that knowledge and experience onto our V-Reds has been exciting. We look forward to Coach Goulet leading our program towards many more successful seasons."
Goulet will represent the AUS as the nominee for CIS coach of the year. Moncton head coach Monette Boudreau-Carroll is the only AUS coach to ever be named the CIS coach of the year.
FIRST AND SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS AND ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
The Atlantic University Sport first and second team all-stars were also announced Thursday evening, along with this year's all-rookie team.
First Team All-Stars:
Maggie Li, Dalhousie (3rd year – Beijing, China) Rebecca Glancy, UNB (5th year – Toronto, Ont.) Shelby Michaels, Saint Mary's (3rd year – Mill Bay, B.C.) Desiree Nouwen, Dalhousie (1st year – Weert, Netherlands) Angela Peddle, Memorial (5th year – St. John's, N.L.) Meg Rector, Acadia (5th year – Milton, Ont.) Libero - Anastasia Callaghan, Saint Mary's (4th year – Truro, N.S.)
Second Team All-Stars: Jane Pegg, Saint Mary's (5th year – Weyburn, Sask.) Joline Richard, Moncton (5th year – St. Charles de Kent, N.B.) Kristen Bolduc, Acadia (5th year – Sudbury, Ont.) Kirsten Sorensen, Memorial (4th year – Red Deer, Alta.) Celina Abba, UNB (4th year – Fredericton, N.B.) Tara Gowan, Dalhousie (3rd year – Sydney, N.S.) Libero - Paige Nelmes, UNB (2nd year – Poole, UK)
ALL-ROOKIE TEAM: Rachel Windhorst, Saint Mary's (1st year – Surrey, B.C.) Sarah Ross, Acadia (1st year – Toronto, Ont.) Alyssa Turenne, Moncton (1st year – La Broquerie, Man.) Erin Smith, Saint Mary's (1st year – Moncton, N.B.) Anna Dunn, Dalhousie (1st year – Halifax, N.S.) Tessa Bulmer, Acadia (1st year – Halifax, N.S.)
The 2014 Subway Atlantic University Sport women's volleyball championship will be hosted by Dalhousie University, Feb. 14-16, 2014 in Halifax, N.S.
The championship schedule is as follows: (seeding in brackets)
Friday, Feb. 14 Quarter-final #1: Moncton (4th) vs. Memorial (5th), 5 p.m. Quarter-final #2: UNB (3rd) vs. Acadia (6th), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15 Semifinal #1: Dalhousie (1st) vs. winner of quarter-final #1, 4:30 p.m. Semifinal #2: Saint Mary's (2nd) vs. winner of quarter-final #2, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16 Championship Game: Semifinal winners, 2 p.m.
The AUS champion will advance to the 2014 CIS women's volleyball championship, Feb. 28 - March 2, 2014, hosted by the University of Regina.
All matches of the 2014 Subway AUS women's volleyball championship will be webcast at www.AUStv.ca.