2016 CCAA Women’s Volleyball All-Canadians

March 9, 2016 – The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association is proud to announce the 2015 CCAA Women’s Volleyball All-Canadians.

The student-athletes, who are selected by their conference based on performance and contribution to the sport and their team, were honoured at a banquet during the 2016 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship at Holland College in Charlottetown, PEI.

Here are the Women’s Volleyball All-Canadians:

    Kira Sutcliffe    
 
    Tylar Turnbull    
 
Capilano Blues
 
VIU Mariners
Sutcliffe, who led the Blues to a second-place finish in the PACWEST, earned her second straight CCAA All-Canadian honours. She was first in the conference in total offence with 4.34 points per set and was second with 330 kills. The Blues co-captain and 2015 PACWEST Player of the Year is an excellent communicator, emotional energizer and a leader both on and off the court.
 
Turnbull captained the Mariners to a first-place finish in the conference. The 2015 CCAA All-Canadian led the PACWEST in blocks, was third in total offence and seventh in kills. Turnbull has a contagious work ethic and she is a constant example of the ideal female athletic role model. Turnbull’s fair play, hard work, positive attitude and commitment to her team and school make her one of the best student-athletes to ever wear the Mariners jersey. 

   Niki Friesen     
   Samantha Zacharias   
 
Keyano Huskies   Briercrest Clippers
Friesen was eighth in the CCAA with 0.79 average blocks per set. The third-year right side led the Huskies in kills (252) and blocks (67) and was second in digs (117). Friesen, a former member of the Brandon University Bobcats, was key in Keyano qualifying for the ACAC playoffs for the first time since 2009-10. She brings a consistency both mentally and physically to every game and practice.   The 2015 CCAA Player of the Year led the Clippers to a 19-5 record and first-place finish in the ACAC’s South Division. The third-year outside hitter ranked first in the conference in points and aces per game and second in total kills. Zacharias, who was fourth in the CCAA with 3.77 kills per set, is a leader at Briercrest with her outstanding work ethic and determination.

   Sarah MacLaren     
   Curtiss Straatsma   
 
Trent Excalibur   Redeemer Royals
The fifth-year middle captained the Excalibur to the OCAA Provincial Championships for the fifth straight season. MacLaren learned how to be a leader off the court this year by mentoring and guiding young student-athletes at Trent. She stepped up in a huge way for the Excalibur and is admired by her teammates. MacLaren embraces fair play and has shown grace in victory and in defeat all year.   Straatsma was named the OCAA Player of the Year as she became the conference’s all-time leader in career kills and points. The fifth-year left side led the conference in aces and was fourth in overall points. Straatsma has a strong focus both on and off the court and is driven to succeed and help provide opportunities for team success. She is the backbone of the Royals Women’s Volleyball team.

   Maud Chapleau     
   Anne-Sophie Tanguay   
 
Élans de Garneau   Élans de Garneau
Chapleau led Garneau to a 13-1 record and first-place finish in the RSEQ. The 2015 CCAA All-Canadian led the conference with 4.48 points per set and was third in the CCAA with 3.85 kills per set. The RSEQ Player of the Year continued to improve in her new position and developed into a leader on and off the court for the Élans. Chapleau is also a referee in recreational leagues.   The second-year centre at Garneau was second in the RSEQ to teammate Maud Chapleau in points per set (4.0) and kills per set (3.08). Tanguay uses her speed and height to her advantage on the court. In her sophomore season with the Élans, she made great strides in developing her understanding of the game and leadership skills. Tanguay continues to play beach volleyball and also referees in recreational leagues.

   Christina Day     
   Sydney Foy   
 
MSVU Mystics   Holland Hurricanes
With 134 kills in 21 matches, Day was one of the most dynamic hitters in the ACAA and led the Mystics to a first-place finish in the conference. She is a complete player who has the skill set to receive, dig, serve and hit. Day also has great court sense and is a true competitor. After missing half of last season due to a knee injury, she showed great determination and commitment in her recovery.   Foy captained the Hurricanes to an 18-3 record and second-place finish in the ACAA. She was second in the conference with 2.54 kills per set. The 2015 CCAA All-Canadian is an experienced player with excellent leadership skills. Coming off a terrible knee injury which ended her season last year, Foy’s recovery is a tribute to her strong work ethic.
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