CIS women’s volleyball: Barclay keeps MVP award in UBC family

MARY LYONS AWARD (player of the year): Lisa Barclay, UBC
MARY LYONS AWARD (player of the year): Lisa Barclay, UBC

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REGINA (CIS) – Lisa Barclay, a fourth-year outside hitter from the reigning six-time national champion University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, was named CIS player of the year in women’s volleyball, Thursday evening.

A native of Brandon, Man., Barclay keeps the Mary Lyons Award in the UBC family for the fifth consecutive season. She follows in the footsteps of former teammates Shanice Marcelle (2013, 2011) and Kyla Richey (2012), as well as Liz Cordonier (2010).

This marks the second longest such streak in CIS history, in any sport. The Winnipeg Wesmen - also in women’s volleyball - had seven straight MVPs from 1983 to 1989.

Other major award winners announced during the All-Canadian Reception held at the Regina Casino Show Lounge were Montreal setter Katia Forcier, who captured the Mark Tennant Award as CIS rookie of the year; Brandon’s Donata Huebert, who earned top-libero honours for the second time; Memorial’s Adrienne Penney, who merited the Thérèse Quigley Award for her excellence in volleyball, academics and community service; as well as Brandon head coach Lee Carter, who received the Marilyn Pomfret Award.

The 2014 CIS championship, presented by SGI CANADA, kicks off Friday at University of Regina and culminates Sunday at 6 p.m. Central Time with the gold-medal final. All 11 games from the eight-team competition will be webcast live in HD on  

MARY LYONS AWARD (player of the year): Lisa Barclay, UBC

Barclay, the 10th Thunderbird overall to claim the Mary Lyons Award, was the offensive catalyst for a UBC team that was ranked No. 1 in the country for the entire campaign.

The 6-foot-2 senior led CIS in kills (4.26) and points (4.99) per set in league play, her-point-per-game average being the highest in Canada West in seven years. The kinesiology student also finished sixth in the conference in service aces (0.37 per set) and chipped in defensively with 211 digs, only six off the team lead. Thanks to her stellar play, she earned first-team all-star status in both Canada West and CIS for the second straight season.

Barclay has helped the T-Birds win the CIS title in each of her first three campaigns with the team and was voted MVP of the last two national championships.

Internationally, she is a mainstay with Canada’s senior national team, having represented the country in numerous events, such as the Pan American Cup and the 2013 Summer Universiade, over the past couple of years.

“This award couldn’t go to a more likable and humble player. Lisa has grown as a leader on our team through her performance and her hard work on and off the court. She’s a dedicated student-athlete as she has earned Academic All-Canadian status as well,” said UBC head coach Doug Reimer. “She stepped up so many times for us throughout the year with incredible offensive performances. Her ability to consistently deliver shows how much she has developed and built consistently. But she has helped lead us back to the CIS championship as well with her serving and back court play to go along with many highlight reel kills.”

The other finalists for the Mary Lyons Award were Dalousie middle Maggie Li, Sherbrooke middle Roxane Hasseni and Ottawa left side Myriam English.

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