The best in Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association volleyball were honoured Friday night at the 2018 ACAA Volleyball Championships awards banquet at the Forest Hill Conference Centre in Fredericton, NB.
It was a historic night for the Holland College Hurricanes, who claimed five of the eight major awards. Brett Butler and Megan LeBlanc of the ‘Canes took home the male and female Player of the Year awards, Marcus Lapointe and Dana Trainor picked up the Libero of the Year awards, and Hurricanes’ coach Joe Ryan was named the men’s Coach of the Year.
For the sixth time in his career, Mount Saint Vincent Mystics bench boss Derrick Brooks was given the nod as the Coach of the Year on the women’s side.
The Rookie of the Year awards for the 2017-2018 season went to Abby Hourigan of the University of King’s College Blue Devils and Christian Christie of the St. Thomas Tommies.
FEMAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: MEGAN LEBLANC, HOLLAND COLLEGE
Megan LeBlanc, a second-year left side from Fredericton, NB, is the first-ever Holland College Hurricane to earn the women’s Player of the Year award.
The sophomore finished first in the ACAA in kills with 249—over 50 more than the second-place finisher—and was first in the conference in points with 280. She finished second in the ACAA in digs, picking up 203, and tallied 28 service aces and 21 assists.
MALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: BRETT BUTLER, HOLLAND COLLEGE
Brett Butler, a fourth-year power hitter from Charlottetown, PE, finished first in the ACAA in kills and points with 189 and 227, respectively. He was second in kill percentage, boasting a .307, and was third in solo blocks with 14.
He is the first Holland College Hurricane to receive the male Player of the Year award.
FEMALE LIBERO OF THE YEAR: DANA TRAINOR, HOLLAND COLLEGE
Dana Trainor, a fourth-year libero from Charlottetown, PE, was named the conference’s top libero for the second time in her ACAA career. She finished first in the conference in digs with 267 and boasted an average of 3.81 per set. She also recorded 17 kills and 46 assists.
MALE LIBERO OF THE YEAR: MARCUS LAPOINTE, HOLLAND COLLEGE
Marcus Lapointe, a second-year libero from Wolfville, NS, finished third in the ACAA in digs with 120 and was second in the conference in digs per set with 2.35. He also picked up 17 assists.
This is the second time Marcus has earned this award.
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: ABBY HOURIGAN, UNIVERSITY OF KING’S COLLEGE
Abby Hourigan, a first-year outside hitter from Burlington, ON, finished her debut season in the ACAA with 88 kills—the second most in the Blue Devils lineup—and 144 digs. She also picked up 22 assists and six blocks.
MALE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: CHRISTIAN CHRISTIE, ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY
Christian Christie, a first-year outside hitter from Langley, BC, finished the regular season with 126 kills—the fourth most in the ACAA—and recorded 60 digs, 12 blocks, and six service aces.
Men’s All-Star Team:
Brett Butler, Holland College
Gordon Veitch, Holland College
Christian Christie, St. Thomas
Luke O’Grady, UNBSJ
Zane Hamilton, UNBSJ
Patrick Kendall, UNBSJ
Women’s First Team All-Conference
Megan LeBlanc, Holland College,
Gracie Ferguson, Holland College
Deidra Jones, St. Thomas
Thea McLachlin, DAL AC
Jasmine Smith, MSVU
Jaylene Fraser, MSVU
Women’s Second Team All-Conference
Brittany States, Holland College
Jenna DeGooyer, UNBSJ
Megan Mills, St. Thomas
Madison Urquhart, MSVU
Taylor McGrattan, UNBSJ
Rachel McDougall, MTA