North Delta's Seaquam Seahawks and the Earl Marriott Mariners of Surrey are both represented in Varsity Letters' Super 15 B.C. girls high school volleyball list. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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The Varsity Letters’ Super 15! It’s our annual list of B.C.’s top senior girls volleyball players!

Welcome to what has now grown to a near full-decade tradition. It was back in 2009 when local university coaches first began their own poll for The Province newspaper to determine the B.C. high school girls volleyball Player of the Year.

Handsworth's Kayla Oxland was voted B.C.'s top girls high school volleyball players. (Photo courtesy Paul Yates/Vancouver Sports Pictures)
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Kayla Oxland: Baby sister grows up, Handsworth’s UBC-bound setter sets pace as Varsity Letters’ Player of the Year

LANGLEY — Over our first eight years of joining forces with the head coaches at UBC, Simon Fraser, Trinity Western, UBC Okanagan and Thompson Rivers universities to select our annual B.C. high school girls volleyball Player of the Year, a universal truth has revealed itself.

Twice as nice. Victoria's Belmont Bulldogs (left to right) Gracie May, Taylee Pomponio, Olivia Godek, Hannah May and Savannah Purdy celebrate their second straight B.C. AAAA volleyball title Saturday at the Langley Events Centre. (Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures)
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Bulldog believers: With early disaster averted, Belmont girls perform on pressure-packed road to win B.C. AAAA title

LANGLEY — It’s special to arrive before your time, yet as the Belmont Bulldogs can tell you definitively, it’s a status which immediately demands an encore performance. And in sport, just as in life, you reap what you sow.

Reigning AAAA MVP Savannah Purdy assures all that the Belmont Bulldogs' road to the 2016 B.C. title was hardly an overnight success story. (Paul Yates/Vancouver Sports Pictures)
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Bravo, Belmont! Instead of becoming Bad News Bulldogs, Victoria’s quirky defending BC champs celebrate each other

LANGLEY — Ask Savannah Purdy to describe the worst volleyball team in the entire history of her sport, and with a lighthearted laugh, she would likely pick the team she was a part of during her Grade 6 season at Victoria’s Spencer Middle School. “I remember in the very first tournament, the first game we played, […]

Langley Christian's Brodie Hofer and Kayla Oxland of Handsworth share their stories of inspiration on the road to the LEC. (Paul Yates, Blair Shier photos)
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Brodie and Kayla: Two of our brightest high school volleyball stars on inspiration along the road to the Big Kahuna B.C. tourney

LANGLEY — Its shared history is not exactly an open archive, yet the organizers of the 2017 Big Kahuna B.C. High School Volleyball Championships know there will be a special vibe when the events kicks off a four-day run Nov. 29 at the Langley Events Centre.

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.