A young woman studying at Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S., has died while volunteering at an orphanage in Africa.

'Every single girl who got to play with her loved her. She was honestly the heart and soul of the team.' - Volleyball teammate Maria Dunphy

Melissa Landry, a graduating fourth year human kinetics student, died on Sunday from her injuries after a motor vehicle crash in Tanzania, according to the university.

Melissa Landry

Melissa Landry after receiving her coveted X-ring from St. FX this fall. (Facebook)

“Melissa received her X-ring just prior to leaving overseas and was looking forward to graduating this spring with her many friends and classmates. An active member of the St. F.X. community, she will be forever remembered for her generous spirit,” vice-president Ramsay Duff wrote in an email.

Maria Dunphy was a long time friend of Landry's. She played volleyball with her in high school and at St. FX. She also worked with her in the summer.

"She wasn't a girl of a lot of words, for like speeches — but when she would try to get us going, or get us worked up for a game, she would do it in a few words and those words would have the most impact of anyone on the team. Every single girl who got to play with her loved her. She was honestly the heart and soul of the team," said Dunphy.

Landry, who was from Antigonish, was volunteering with an organization called International Volunteer HQ.

The university says counselling and chaplaincy services will be available for all students when classes resume.