Cougars’ Women’s Volleyball Award Winners
April 3, 2020
Cougars Athletics are proud to announce today our 2019-20 Women’s Volleyball Award winners. Assiniboine’s annual Student Achievement Celebration recognizes the impressive achievements of students across both the academic and athletic calendars.This year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Student Achievement Celebration event will not take place in the traditional format.
The women’s volleyball team, coached by Jeff Maxwell, John McLeod, and Blaire De La Mare, finished the regular season with eight wins and 12 losses. The team placed fourth in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) League.
The Women’s Volleyball Most Valuable Player award is awarded to second-year student, Samantha Love — Sami to her teammates — after a stellar season on the court. Samantha lead the team in kills and passing percentage to finish fourth in the MCAC league with 231 kills. Sami was also named in the league’s all-conference team.
“Sami brought a high level of commitment and experience to our team. She was the team captain and always led by example,” said Maxwell.
The Women’s Volleyball Coach’s Choice Award is awarded to setter Trinity Billaney after her first year with the Cougars.
“Trinity stepped in as our starting setter right out of high school, and that is a big responsibility,” said Maxwell.
Trinity quickly became one of the top setters in the MCAC league, leading the league in kills by a setter and earning herself MCAC athlete of the week during the season.
“In the second half of the season Trinity had to have emergency surgery and only missed a small amount of time before returning to court, demonstrating her drive to complete and sacrifice to the team. It was inspirational,” said Maxwell.
The Women’s Volleyball Most Improved is awarded to left side Kendra Erickson. Constant throughout the season, Kendra impressed the team and Coach Coach Maxwell with her consistent dedication and effort, no matter the occasion.
“Kendra is one of those players every coach loves to have on their team. She started the season hoping to crack the starting line-up and worked hard every practice and game. She never questioned her playing time, or the role asked of her by the coaching staff and that hard work earned her MCAC athlete of the week and a starting position in league semi-finals,” said Maxwell.