Capilano Blues' leftside Isabela Lima has made a miraculous recovery from partial paralysis to join her CCAA team on the court. (Tae Hoon Kim photo/Capilano University)
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Capilano U’s Incredible Isabela: Paralysis steals her smile, but grit helps Lima get her life back

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.

Simon Fraser middle blocker Tessa May (21) has persevered through injury to become a heart-and-soul force with the Clan. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Tessa’s Terms: Simon Fraser’s gutsy middle blocker on living a true May Day

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.

UBC women's volleyball coach Doug Reimer shares a championship moment last season with returning players left to right: Ciara Hanly, Samantha Patko and Victoria Behie. (Richard Lam/UBC athletics)
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UBC women’s volleyball: Voices from a dynasty ago offer meaning as ‘Birds begin U Sports national title defence

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.

Fifth-year senior middle blocker Madison Power (11) brings a bushel of intangibles to the Clan volleyball team. (Ron Hole/SFU athletics)
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The Power of Maddy: Clan senior Madison Power a foundational key in success of SFU volleyball

BURNABY MOUNTAIN — Ask Gina Schmidt about her first official day on the job as the then-new head coach of the Simon Fraser Clan volleyball team and you get a story filled with both comedy and karma.“I watched one practice where they weren’t really doing a lot of game play,” Schmidt remembers of a day […]

UBC Okanagan Heat grad Brianna Beamish is now a national team member set to play for France's RC Cannes. (UBC Okanagan athletics photo)
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Brianna Beamish: Singular purpose carries ex-UBC O Heat star to new heights

SURREY — Brianna Beamish has been handed a lot of different roles throughout her volleyball career but none say more about her singular impact than the script which calls for her to maintain her true identity.“I have always had a team-first mentality and I firmly believe that a player should do whatever they can to […]

SFU volleyball star Alison McKay (right) along with Clan wrestler Mallory Velte book-end outgoing wrestling coach Mike Jones on Tuesday in Coquitlam. (Howard Tsumura, VarsityLetters photos)
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SFU’s Alison McKay: Why she best represents the ethos of Clan athletics

BURNABY — It’s why, on that one night a year when a university athletic program gathers its masses to celebrate its tradition and excellence, we sit transfixed in the moment.

UBC claims national title in 3-1 win over Alberta. (Rich Lam/UBC Thunderbirds)
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UBC volleyball The Golden Girls (again): “Now, we’re all of a sudden on top…”

By Aaron Martin – Special to VarsityLetters.caUSPORTS GOLD MEDAL GAME – UBC 3, ALBERTA 1TORONTO, ON – A role player in the team’s national title run back in her freshman season in 2013, fifth-year outside hitter Danielle Brisebois took center stage in the national finals on Sunday afternoon, leading the no. 3-ranked UBC Thunderbirds women’s volleyball team […]