BRANDON,MB — Another successful season of Bobcats volleyball has brought a handful of individual awards. Four Bobcats have been honoured at the national level for their contributions this season.
Donata Huebert of the women’s volleyball team has been named CIS Libero of the Year. Huebert is the first Brandon player to receive a major national award since the Bobcats joined CIS inwomen’s volleyball in 2005-06. The 21-year-old education student arrived in Brandon last fall after three seasons with TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen in her native Germany, where she was also a member of the junior national team. Playing in every set of every match for the Bobcats, she finished second in Canada West in conference play with 3.92 digs per set. Her total of 259 digs helped Brandon take third place as a team in that category in the CWUAA.
Huebert’s defensive exploits were key as the Bobcats continued to emerge as one of the top programs in the country. Brandon finished fourth in the Canada West standings with an 11-7 mark and was ranked in all 13 national polls this season, reaching a team-record No. 2 ranking in early November.
“Donata played extremely well all season long,” said BU Bobcats head coach, Lee Carter. “She is the consummate professional. She trains hard, her work ethic is second to none and the way she plays the game is inspiring to both her teammates and anyone who watches her.”
Joining Huebert in earning national praise is Brandon product Tegan Hunter. She is wrapping up her CIS career with her first national award being named to the CIS all-Canadian second team. Hunter finishes her Bobcat career with 1,010 career kills, 194 of which came this season. She now holds the school career record for kills, points and digs.
Meaghan Robertson is the sole freshman member of the Bobcats to win a CIS award, being named to the all-rookie team. Robertson finished 139 kills in 63 sets as a rookie, the majority of which she played as a starter.
Paul Sanderson, the CIS MVP a year ago, was named a member of the all-Canadian for the fourth straight season, including first-team nods each of the past three years. He led the conference and country in kills and points. TheMelbourne, Australia product also set numerous CWUAA career records this pastseason including career kills, aces, and points. Sanderson and the rest of the Bobcats are currently in Langley, BC where they are taking part in the CIS national championship tournament.
The ‘Cats first match of the tournament is scheduled for this Friday at 5:00 pm (CT) as they take on the McMaster Marauders. Live video of all of the Bobcats’ matches will be available on www.gobobcats.ca or at www.ssncanada.ca/
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