CIS MVP Marcelle highlights Canada’s women’s volleyball selection

OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport, in conjunction with Volleyball Canada, announced Tuesday the 12 student-athletes who will represent Canada in women’s volleyball at the 26th Summer Universiade in August in Shenzhen, China.

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The Canadian roster is comprised of 10 CIS and two NCAA standouts. The Canada West conference dominates the selection with eight representatives including the reigning CIS player of the year, University of British Columbia’s Shanice Marcelle.

The six-foot outside hitter, who was born in Toronto but grew up in Victoria, was also named MVP of the CIS championship in 2011 after she led the Thunderbirds to their fourth straight national title. And superb indoor and outdoor player, she has represented Canada at the under-19 and under-21 world beach championships.

Rounding out a talented group of hitters for the Shenzhen Games are UBC teammate Lisa Barclay of Brandon, Man., Manitoba’s Kristi Hunter of Roblin, Man., Montreal’s Marie-Sophie Nadeau of Saint-Aimé, Que., and Alberta’s Krista Zubick of St. Albert, Alta.

Setter duties will be shared by University of Alberta’s Jaclyn Ellis of Mississauga, Ont., and U of Montreal’s Alexandra Lojen of Montreal.

Middle blockers include University of Regina’s Beth Clark of Saskatoon, Manitoba’s Tricia Mayba of Winnipeg, Montana’s Jaimie Thibeault of Sylvan Lake, Alta., and Trinity Western’s Alicia Perrin of Creston, B.C.

Syracuse’s Noémie Lefebvre of Terrebonne, Que., was the choice at libero.

Ellis, Lojen and Nadeau joined Marcelle as CIS all-Canadians in 2010-11. Nadeau also earned CIS rookie-of-the-year honours and, along with Perrin, was named to the CIS all-rookie team.

Barclay previously wore the Maple Leaf at the 2010 junior NORCECA championship in Mexico. Marcelle attended the same event in 2008.

Lojen is the lone returnee from the Canadian squad that placed 13th at the last Universiade in 2009 in Belgrade, Serbia. Canada has struggled in recent years at the world university games posting only one top-10 finish in six tournaments (8th in 2001) since taking fourth place in 1997, a performance that equalled its best result in history.

In Shenzhen, the Canadians will compete in the preliminary round in Pool C against reigning bronze medallist Poland, Taiwan and France. Italy is the defending Universiade champion thanks to a gold-medal win over Serbia in 2009.

The women’s volleyball tournament will run from August 14 to 21.

Canada’s coaching staff for the Universiade was announced back on April 12.

The head coach is Alain Pelletier from Laval University. In his fourth season at the helm of the Rouge et Or in 2010-11, Pelletier guided his troops to the Quebec conference title and a silver medal at the CIS championship.

Assistant coaches Lee Carter from Brandon and Joely Christian-Macfarlane from Queen’s – who will also act as team leader - round out the support staff, along with athletic therapist Christine Johnston.



Position           Name                          Height (cm)     University       Hometown     


Setter               Jaclyn Ellis                  183                  Alberta             Mississauga, Ont.

Setter               Alexandra Lojen          180                  Montreal          Montreal, Que.

Middle             Beth Clark                   184                  Regina             Saskatoon, Sask.

Middle             Tricia Mayba               185                  Manitoba         Winnipeg, Man.

Middle             Jaimie Thibeault          188                  Montana          Sylvan Lake, Alta.

Middle             Alicia Perrin                 192                  Trinity Western            Creston, B.C.

Left Side          Lisa Barclay                 188                  UBC                Brandon, Man.

Left Side          Kristi Hunter                175                  Manitoba         Roblin, Man.

Left Side          Shanice Marcelle         180                  UBC                Victoria, B.C.

Left Side          Marie-Sophie Nadeau  183                  Montreal          Saint-Aimé, Que.

Left Side          Krista Zubick               183                  Alberta             St. Albert, Alta.

Libero              Noémie Lefebvre         175                  Syracuse          Terrebonne, Que.


COACHING STAFF                                                                                     


Position                       Name                                      University       Hometown


Head coach                  Alain Pelletier                          Laval               Quebec City, Que.

Coach                          Lee Carter                                Brandon           Brandon, Man.

Coach & Team Leader Joely Christian-Macfarlane      Queen’s           Kingston, Ont.

Athletic Therapist        Christine Johnston                   -                       Winnipeg, Man                                   



Pool A: China, Japan, Sweden, Belarus

Pool B: Italy, Brazil, Slovenia, Ukraine

Pool C: Poland, Taiwan, CANADA, France

Pool D: Russia, Thailand, Norway, Hong Kong


Aug. 14            : Poland vs. Canada    

Aug. 15: Taiwan vs. Canada

Aug. 16: France vs. Canada

Aug. 18: Quarter-finals

Aug. 19: Semi-finals

Aug. 21: Bronze & Final




1997 (Sicily, Italy): 4th  

1983 (Edmonton, Canada): 4th




2009 (Belgrade, Serbia): 13th

2007 (Bangkok, Thailand): 11th

2005 (Izmir, Turkey): 12th 

2003 (Daegu, South Korea): 11th 

2001 (Beijing, China): 8th


About the Summer Universiade

The Summer Universiade is an international multi-sport event that takes place every two years and is second only to the Olympic Games in the number of participating athletes and countries. The Universiade is open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.


About Canadian Interuniversity Sport


Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-two universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit