VBALL | LeBlanc and Butler take home ACAA Player of the Year honours
February 23, 2018
The men’s and women’s volleyball teams from Holland College are in Fredericton, NB this weekend for the 2018 ACAA Volleyball Championships, and on Friday evening they attended the annual volleyball awards banquet.
The night was highlighted by Hurricanes players taking home the Player of the Year awards on both the men’s and women’s sides.
Second year player Megan LeBlanc took home the women’s Player of the Year honours; she is from Fredericton, NB and has helped the Hurricanes to an 18-3 record this season, good enough to be the second seed at this weekend’s conference championship.
LeBlanc led the ACAA in kills during the regular season with 249 which is also a Hurricanes team record for most in a single season. She finished second in kills per set (3.56) and total digs (203) and fifth in digs per set (2.90) in the conference.
LeBlanc will take over the all-time kills lead for the women’s volleyball Hurricanes this weekend; she needs just one more to tie the career record currently held by Sydney Foy. She is studying in the Business Administration program at Holland College.
Brett Butler, a fourth year player from Charlottetown, PEI, was named the men’s ACAA Player of the Year.
Butler led the ‘Canes to a 13-2 regular season which positioned them as the number one seed entering the conference championship.
Statistically, Butler led the conference in kills per set with 3.78 and total kills with 189. He also finished in second in hitting percentage with .307 and fourth with 0.40 service aces per set.
Butler, the Hurricanes men’s volleyball leader for all-time games and sets played, also holds the career record for the most total digs and kills; he is a journalism student at Holland College.
The Hurricanes weren’t done there; they also took home several other major awards.
Dana Trainor and Marcus Lapointe were named the women’s and men’s Libero of the Year award winners and Joe Ryan was named the men’s Coach of the Year.
Trainor, a fourth year libero from Charlottetown, PEI led the ACAA in digs per set with 3.81 and total digs with 267. She holds the record for all-time games and sets played for the women’s volleyball Hurricanes and also holds the record for most career digs with 1164.
Lapointe, a second year libero from Wolfville, NS, finished second in the conference in digs per set with 2.35 while he finished third in total digs with 120. This is the second straight season he was the recipient of this award.
Ryan, in his seventh season as the head coach of the Hurricanes, takes home the Coach of the Year award for the second straight year. The native of Sherwood, PEI has a career record of 62-49 (regular season, playoffs, nationals) over his seven seasons with the ‘Canes.
The ACAA also named its first and second All-Conference teams on Friday night.
First team ACAA All-Conference representatives for the women were LeBlanc and Gracie Ferguson while Butler and Gordon Veitch were named on the men’s side.
Ferguson, a third year setter for the ‘Canes from Fall River, NS led the ACAA in assists per set with 8.07; she also holds the all-time record for the women’s volleyball Hurricanes with 1680 career assists.
Veitch, a third year player from Cymbria, PEI finished third in the conference in kills per set with 2.90, total kills at 145 and service aces per set with 0.40. He finished fourth in digs per set with 1.80, total digs with 90 and a hitting percentage of .265.
Second team All-Conference player from the Hurricanes women’s team was Brittany States.
States, a second year player from Bathurst, NB led the ACAA in hitting percentage with .326, finished second in kills with 195 and fourth in the conference in kills per set with 2.79.
The Hurricanes will take to the court on Saturday in ACAA semi-final action with the women facing the third ranked, STU Tommies at 2pm.
The ‘Canes have won the series 3-0 versus the Tommies during the regular season. St. Thomas was victorious on Friday afternoon when they defeated the UKC Blue Devils in quarterfinal action.
The men will follow at 5pm when they face the fourth ranked, Université de Sainte-Anne Dragons. The Hurricanes have won the season series versus the Dragons, winning all five matchups this season.
If the Hurricanes are victorious in Saturday’s matches they will advance to the ACAA Championship finals on Sunday at 1 and 3pm (w/m).
Watch all of the action from the 2018 ACAA Championships at www.acaatv.ca.
For more information on the 2018 ACAA Volleyball Championships please visit www.acaa.ca.
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