Irvine, Marcelle, CIS MVP’s

 OTTAWA - Mitch Irvine, a fifth-year right side hitter from the University of Alberta, and Shanice Marcelle, a fifth-year outside hitter from the reigning five-time national champion University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, were named CIS players of the year in volleyball, Wednesday evening.

Irvine, from Red Deer, Alta., became the seventh member of the Golden Bears to claim CIS MVP honours, and the first since Joel Schmuland in 2009. He is also the 15th straight winner from the Canada West conference.

Other major award recipients announced during the All-Canadian Banquet held at Universel Hotel in Quebec City were McMaster middle Dany Demyanenko, who was voted CIS rookie of the year; Alberta teammate Erik Mattson, who was named the nation's top libero; Manitoba's Dane Pischke, who received the Dale Iwanoczko Award for his excellence in volleyball, academics and community service; as well as McMaster's Dave Preston, who was honoured by his peers as coach of the year.

A native of Victoria, Marcelle claimed the Mary Lyons Award for the second time in three years and kept the trophy in the UBC family for the fourth consecutive season. Former teammates Kyla Richey and Liz Cordonier won the award in 2012 and 2010, respectively.

Other major award winners announced during the All-Canadian Banquet held at the Delta Hotel in Sherbrooke, Que., were outside hitter Raïssa Nasser from the hometown Vert & Or, who captured the Mark Tennant Award as CIS rookie of the year; Saint Mary’s Anastasia Callaghan, who earned top-libero honours; Meagan Nederveen from McMaster, who merited the Thérèse Quigley Award for her excellence in volleyball, academics and community service; as well as UBC Okanagan head coach Steve Manuel, who received the Marilyn Pomfret Award.

More information: www.cis-sic.ca