Sam Zacharias of the Briercrest Clippers has been named the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Player of the Year.
She received the award this evening at the 2018 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship banquet, hosted by GPRC in Grande Prairie, AB.
“As a four-time recipient of the Player of the Year honours in the always-competitive Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference, Sam is obviously a special player,” said Fred Batley, CCAA Women’s Volleyball Convenor. “She is also an outstanding person and a great leader on and off the court at Briercrest.”
Zacharias is now a two-time CCAA Player of the Year (2015) and four-time CCAA All-Canadian.
She led the Clippers to a best-ever 23-1 record and first-place finish in the ACAC South Division.
Zacharias, a fifth-year outside hitter, dominated the powerful ACAC with 5.4 points per set and 4.3 kills per set. She also led the conference with 72 service aces.
In her final collegiate season, Zacharias also set an ACAC record with 1,391 career kills.
Zacharias has shown amazing consistency to go along with her competitive fire and incredible all-around skill set. Throughout her career at Briercrest, she has grown as a person and a leader.
Zacharias is an exemplary student-athlete and a shining example of what every college athlete should aspire to be. She is an active member in the community of Caronport, SK, and regularly volunteers with Briercrest youth volleyball camps.
CCAA Player of the Year winners receive a customized ring provided by Jostens Canada, the Official Ring Supplier of the CCAA Championship Awards Banquet.
Other nominees for the CCAA Player of the Year award were Vania Oliveira of the Douglas Royals (PACWEST), Sara Piana Yafu of the Loyalist Lancers (OCAA), Marianne St-Aubin of the Lynx d’Édouard-Montpetit (RSEQ) and Megan LeBlanc of the Holland Hurricanes (ACAA).