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Bisons Morrissette, Loewen earn volleyball all-star selections

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BISONS left-side player Sarah Morrissette was smiling Wednesday after being named a Canada West women's volleyball first-team all-star. Bisons' setter Sam Loewen was selected to the second team.

But that doesn't take the sting away from the University of Manitoba team's disappointing season-ending loss at Trinity Western on the weekend.

"Nobody really wants to end a season that way and it was pretty hard on us," said Morrissette, who was named sa second-team all-star last season. "But we played really, really well in the last game and I guess somebody had to come out on top."

Morrissette, 21, who has two years of eligibility remaining, refused to call her personal honour bittersweet after the Bisons lost 2-0 to Trinity Western, eliminating the U of M squad from the playoffs.

"It's really reinforcing," she said. "In the summer, I worked really hard to get myself in shape for the season and clearly it helped and training and practice helped... little awards like this are just extras on top of the team goals."

Morrissette was first in Canada West in kills with 3.93 per game (279 overall), first in points with 4.27 per game, eighth in digs at 2.99 per game and 10th with a .294 hitting percentage.

Loewen, 19, was the CIS and Canada West rookie of the year in 2007/08. This season, she finished second in Canada West with 10.46 assists per game.

"Sarah, at her best, is one of the top players in the country and demonstrated that at different points of the season," head coach Ken Bentley said. "Sam had a great productive season in her second year in Canada West play."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 19, 2009 C5

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