LANGLEY — Ask Trinity Western women’s volleyball coach Ryan Hofer what the most challenging aspects have been for his star rookie hitter Savannah Purdy to adjust to in joining a line-up that has gone into the Canada West winter break as the No. 1 team in the nation, and he correctly amends the question.
LANGLEY — Avery Heppell loves being the model middle.
BURNABY — Jayme Bratsberg doesn’t have it in her to be the loudmouth libero.
VANCOUVER — Baseball has Field of Dreams, football has Rudy and basketball has Hoosiers. Volleyball?
ABBOTSFORD — For Amanda Matsui, the map of her own version of the road less travelled takes two years to navigate.
LANGLEY — Katie Devaney was convinced that she knew how to dream big. So five years ago, the senior volleyball star at Port Coquitlam’s Terry Fox Secondary School set in her mind, an ambitious goal to be a starter by the midway mark of her impending university career with Langley’s powerhouse Trinity Western Spartans.
NORTH VANCOUVER — If only this were a fairy tale, the kind where you could peek a few pages ahead to assure yourself of a happy ending.
BURNABY — Tessa May has struck a treaty with her aching shins, a peace accord of sorts that says she’ll do the hundreds of hours of physiotherapy as long as she gets to pull on her No. 21 game-day jersey with the Simon Fraser Clan volleyball team.
VANCOUVER — Doug Reimer has coached UBC women’s volleyball in two different centuries, parts of three different decades and most historically, to seven U Sports national championship crowns. That’s the long way of saying he’s seen it all.
BURNABY — Perseverance in the face of adversity is best defined by that old saying which tells us to get right back on our horse.