After leading Victoria's Belmont Bulldogs to back-to-back B.C. AAAA senior girls volleyball titles, Savannah Purdy has played a big role as a freshman in helping Trinity Western to the No. 1 spot in the latest U Sports women's volleyball national rankings. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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Savannah Purdy: Trinity Western’s fantastic volleyball freshman already embodies the ethos of U Sports’ No. 1-ranked Spartans

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.

The evolution of Simon Fraser Clan senior libero Jayme Bratsberg (centre) is reflected in the confident and rising tone of her voice. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Simon Fraser Clan athletics)
Her comeback from a torn ACL suffered on the basketball court in her senior year of high school now over, UFV's Amanda Matsui has given her service to the sport of volleyball. (Photo courtesy Northfield Photography)
Trinity Western's Katie Devaney has the Canada West's all-time career blocks record well within her grasp. (Scott Stewart/Trinity Western athletics)
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Katie Devaney: From humble goals to huge presence, TWU’s star middle brings her true centre to Spartan nation

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.

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.