UNB’s Victoria Eadle was named the Atlantic University Sport women’s volleyball rookie of the year last week.
Eadle, who is the first Varsity Red to win the award since the 2006-07 season, was awarded the honour last Thursday at the league’s awards banquet at the Fredericton Inn.
In 16 games with the V-Reds this season, the first-year left side led the AUS in service aces with 32. She also finished second in points with 208 and fourth in kills with 162.
“Vic is a very special athlete and an incredible young woman,” said Varsity Reds head coach Jilliane Goulet. “I’m really proud of what she’s accomplished in her first year here at UNB; this is an award that she has worked very hard to deserve.”
Eadle is now the AUS nominee for the Mark Tennant Award, which is given to the CIS rookie of the year. No player from the Atlantic conference has ever won the award.
UNB’s Paige Paulsen also picked up an award last week, winning the Erin Bursey Memorial Award for student-athlete community service. The fifth-year setter is involved with a number of campus and community organizations, including the UNB Athletes’ Council, Think Pink campaign, Right to Play UNB, UNB Global Water Brigades and Volleyball New Brunswick.
Rachel Windhorst of the Saint Mary’s Huskies was named the AUS MVP. Meanwhile, Dalhousie’s Marisa Mota was named the libero of the year and Rick Scott, also of the Tigers, received the coach of the year award.
Vanja Mitrovic was the only Varsity Red to be named a first-team all-star. Eadle was named to the second all-star team and all-rookie squad.
Hockey semifinals set
The Varsity Reds men’s hockey team will face the StFX X-Men in the semifinals of the AUS playoffs. UNB announced at their final regular season home game that the best-of-five series would begin on Thursday, Feb. 19 and Friday, Feb. 20 at the Aitken Centre.
The X-Men finished fourth overall in the AUS standings with a 17-9-2 record. They advanced to the semifinals with a 2-0 series win over the UPEI Panthers.
The Varsity Reds won all four meetings between the two during the regular season.
With StFX hosting nationals this year, a UNB win in this series would automatically earn the V-Reds a berth in the CIS tournament.
Acadia and Saint Mary’s will play in the other AUS semifinal.
UNB swimmers win seven medals
The Varsity Reds picked up seven medals at the AUS Swimming Championship, held Feb. 6-8 at Dalhousie University.
Rookie Charli LeBlanc had the best showing, winning silver in the 50m backstroke, bronze in the 100m backstroke and bronze in the 50m freestyle. Meanwhile, Cassey Mooney picked up a bronze in the 200m breaststroke, Allison Somers won bronze in the 200m fly and Taylor Dalke won bronze in the 200m fly as well.
UNB’s women’s medley relay team, featuring Mooney, Amanda Greene and sisters Jessica and Charli LeBlanc, won silver.
The women’s squad finished third at the event with 149 points. The men’s team finished fifth with 90 points.
Several Varsity Reds swimmers will travel to Victoria, B.C. for the CIS Swimming Championship, which takes place Feb. 19-21.
Players of the month named
Phil Maillet of the Varsity Reds men’s hockey team and Vanja Mitrovic of the women’s volleyball squad were named the UNB male and female athletes of the month for January, respectively.
Including a couple exhibition games, Maillet registered seven goals and 19 assists in 12 January games. Meanwhile, Mitrovic helped the Reds win four out of their seven games in January, recording 10 points or more in each.