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 […]

Earl Marriott senior Cecilee Max-Brown was voted Varsity Letters' B.C. senior varsity girls 2018-19 Player of the Year by our panel of B.C.'s U Sports and NCAA coaches. (Photo by Justin Quinn provided by Academy Volleyball)
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Cecilee Max-Brown: Despite abbreviated high school career, Oregon State-bound hitter is Varsity Letters’ B.C. Girls Player Of The Year

SURREY — Her path to top in the world of B.C. girls high school volleyball was more than a tad bit unconventional.In fact, circumstances were such that Cecilee Max-Brown basically didn’t even suit up over her last two high school seasons.Yet the 6-foot-1 outside hitter who will graduate this spring from Surrey’s Earl Marriott Secondary […]

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.