They still have plenty of obstacles to navigate en route to a GNAC volleyball campaign, but Friday's news of a spring season was good news for head coach Gina Schmidt's team, who are savouring their moments to be back in the gym together and training as a team. (Photo by Paul Yates property of SFU athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Simon Fraser fall sports like volleyball, soccer spring forward to 2021! “We still have that carrot to go after” says SFU coach Gina Schmidt

BURNABY — Simon Fraser University volleyball players know that a lot of things are still going to have to happen in order for some semblance of a Great Northwest Athletic Conference season to unfold in the new year.

Following her stint playing for Canada at the NORCECA qualifier in October, Hilary Howe has been playing at a new level for the 22-2 TWU Spartans women's volleyball team. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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After 2019’s five-set national tourney heartbreaker, TWU Spartans head coach Ryan Hofer asks “…how can we all be two points better?”

LANGLEY — The more Ryan Hofer stared at a set numbers which represented perhaps the most crushing defeat in the history of Trinity Western women’s volleyball, the more clearly he was able to decipher their truest meaning.“Two points,” Spartans’ head coach Hofer exclaimed Wednesday morning when the topic got around to his team’s epic five-set […]

Despite her lofty array of talents, Lord Byng's Katarina Pantovic (centre) put being a great teammate at the very top of her list. The Grey Ghost senior is headed for the Pac 12 next season and she is Varsity Letters' 2019-20 B.C. Girls Player of the Year. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved) (Photo by Vancouver Sports Pictures property of VSP 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Katarina Pantovic: Lord Byng’s volleyball superstar our unanimous choice as B.C.’s best high school volleyball player in the Class of 2019-20

VANCOUVER — Speak to Katarina Pantovic for any amount of time, and you very suddenly realize that the senior volleyball whiz from Vancouver’s Lord Byng Secondary School has taken not a single moment along the journey of her athletic career for granted.“I have the perfect example where I can say that mental toughness really came […]

Kelowna's Madelyn Hettinga capped her senior season with another B.C. title, as well as No. 2 on our list of B.C.'s Top 15 girls Grade 12 volleyball talents. (Photo by Vancouver Sports Pictures property of VSP 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Our 11th annual edition: Who are B.C.’s Top 15 senior girls Grade 12 volleyball players? Check out our 2019-20 Dream Team!

LANGLEY — B.C.’s best senior girls Grade 12 volleyball players from the Class of 2019-20 were determined by a vote involving the head coaches of B.C.’s four U Sports programs — UBC, UBC Okanagan, Thompson Rivers and Trinity Western — as well as NCAA Simon Fraser.

Simon Fraser's Farnaaz Johal has emerged as one of the rising young stars on a Clan volleyball team riding a five-game GNAC win streak into a four-game homestead beginning Thursday atop Burnaby Mountain. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Simon Fraser Clan athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Clan ‘creating their own luck’ as preparation, opportunity meet to give SFU volleyball chance to set new program GNAC win streak on ‘Dig Pink’ night

BURNABY — You’ve no doubt heard about the concoction produced from that time-tested recipe, the one where preparation meets opportunity?Simon Fraser head volleyball coach Gina Schmidt isn’t denying the existence of old-fashioned good luck at various points of the five-match win streak her Clan (7-3) carry into the start of a four-game Great Northwest Athletic […]

The late West Vancouver Highlanders' senior girls volleyball head coach Mike MacNeil was an inspiration to so many, including current Simon Fraser Clan volleyball star Betsie de Beer (second from right). (Photo by Jo-Anne McKee property of West Vancouver Secondary athletics 2019. All rights reserved)
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SFU’s Betsie de Beer: Clan volleyball star’s homage to her late high school coach Mike MacNeil reminds us all of the power of mentorship

BURNABY — Betsie de Beer doesn’t try to hide the fact that she is playing her final season of collegiate volleyball with a heavy heart.At the same time, however, Simon Fraser’s talented 6-foot-1 outside hitter and health sciences major can’t exactly offer a scientific explanation as to why of late, that heart of hers has […]

Who's going where? Victoria-Belmont teammates (l to r) Jocelyn Sherman and Taylee Pomponio are off to SFU and Camosun respectively, while North Vancouver-Windsor's Aaron Voth heads to UBC Okanagan. (Photos property of Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures, and Wilson Wong, UBC athletics 2019. All rights reserved)
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Varsity Letters’ B.C. Recruits List 2019: Where 151 volleyball prospects are headed this coming season

LANGLEY — It’s the second day of Varsity Letters’ B.C. Recruits List week. Yesterday we opened with football, and we’ve got soccer on Thursday and basketball on Friday. Today? We’ve got women’s and men’s volleyball!

Having not thrown the javelin since late in her high school career six years ago, Simon Fraser redshirt senior Lauren Fridman nonetheless qualified for the NCAA Div. 2 national championships beginning Thursday in Texas. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Simon Fraser Clan athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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SFU’s Lauren Fridman: How a second-chance wind swept the Clan senior and her rookie javelin all the way to NCAA nationals

BURNABY — Lauren Fridman always felt she had a second wind as a collegiate athlete, yet she never figured it would be strong enough to sweep her off her feet and give her the ride of a lifetime.

They started the Canada West season 0-3, but they got it done when it mattered most. UBC beat Ryerson to win its eight national crown for longtime head coach Doug Reimer on Sunday in Edmonton. (Photo by Don Voaklander/Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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A No. 8 seed and an epic rally! How UBC women’s volleyball found its mojo just in time to win an unlikely national title

It’s starting libero had retired from the game. One of its key middle blockers had left for the entire first semester to pursue academic opportunities on another continent. 

Earl Marriott's Arden Copping is part of Varsity Letters' Super 15 B.C. girls senior high school volleyball players of year. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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10th Anniversary Edition: Varsity Letter’s celebrates a decade of Super 15 excellence with our list B.C.’s top girls volleyball talent for 2018

LANGLEY — Welcome to our 10th birthday party!Yes, this idea hatched back in 2009 by B.C.’s community of post-secondary volleyball coaches while I was still on staff at  The Province newspaper, has now endured a full decade.Of course, we’re talking about the Varsity Letters’ Super 15, our annual list celebrating the best Grade 12 talent […]