LeDuc, a native of Okotoks, Alta., becomes the third player from the Saint Mary’s program to claim the AUS rookie of the year award and the first since the 2007-08 when Kerri Smit was recognized as the top rookie. Danielle Shorthall (2003-04) is the only other Huskies player to have won this award.

Josie, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker, started all 18 matches for the Huskies in her freshman season, playing in all 68 sets.

Leduc tallied 1.21 kills per game, 0.63 blocks per game and averaged of 1.9 points per game.

“As a rookie, Josie has come in wanting to learn and contribute right away,” says Saint Mary’s head coach Darren Russell. “She is focused and dedicated both on and off the court and brings intensity, passion and all around hard work to our team. She is an athlete who will continue to make herself and others better and I look forward to what the future holds for Josie and our program.”

No Atlantic conference player has ever won the Mark Tennant Award as the CIS rookie of the year.

I am so thrilled to have received this award. This season took hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and most of all passion, which all paid off in the end. I am so happy that I have the opportunity to continue playing the sport I love, and could not have done it without my 403 family. I want to say thank you to Shauna, and all the coaches for making an environment that was so positive and so dedicated to developing each individual athlete. Most of all, a huge thank you to my coaches Steve, Kim, and J.B.  You guys gave me the skills and attitude I needed to succeed. You pushed me to do things better, and did all that you could to see us athletes achieve. I am so grateful and blessed that I had the opportunity to play for you. Lastly, thanks to my team, a group of girls who always had each others back and pushed each other to be better… Love you guys!!! I will always bleed purple!” – Josie Leduc