Manitoba’s Abbott Named Rookie of the Year

WINNIPEG, MB. – The 2016-17 Canada West women’s volleyball major season award honours were announced by the conference on Tuesday and The University of Manitoba Bisons had one student-athlete honoured with a major award.

Bison Kearley Abbott was selected as 2016-17 Canada West Women’s Volleyball Rookie of the Year.

Abbott, 18, had an amazing first season at Manitoba at the outside hitter position. In the 2016-17 season with the Bisons, the Winnipeg native was is 11th in Canada West with 247 kills, 19th with .206 hitting percentage and eighth in conference points at 306.0. The 5’11” hitter led the team in points (306), kills (247) plus was second in digs (187) and total blocks (79) in her first year. She also had 15 double-digit matches in kills and her highest kill total was 18 against Saskatchewan (Dec. 2/16).

In addition, Abbott started and played in all 24 conference matches and was on the court for 93 of 94 sets for Manitoba during the 2016-17 campaign.

“Kearley had an amazing first year as a member of the Bisons. She was an absolute pleasure to coach. Kearley is a very competitive player both on the court and in the weight room. She plays the game very aggressively and will only continue to improve over time. It was a dream season for a first-year player who led the team in numerous categories,” said Manitoba head coach Jon Hykawy.

-University of Manitoba 

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