FIVB: Canadians Harvest FIVB Beach Awards

FIVB: Canadians Harvest FIVB Beach Awards

Summer is fading as we move on to fall, and the 2018 beach season is over - and it's awards time. A trio of Canadians - Melissa Humaña-Paredes, Brandie Wilkerson, and Heather Bansley have all been recognized by the FIVB as being at the top of their class.

Heather Bansley - Best Defensive Player

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For the third time in four years, Heather Bansley is the Best Defensive Player in the FIVB. This doesn't come to a surprise to anyone as Bansley has made a living and scrambling around in the back row since her days as a Varsity Blue - but this year it was on full-force as it propelled her to a career-best No. 4 Rank in the FIVB World Rankings. 

At this point - Bansley is cementing herself as the best Canadian Defender of All-Time - of either gender. As the only one to ever win the award - let alone three - she's basically in a class of her own at this point. When you consider she's won the award with two different partners - you really 

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Brandie Wilkerson - Best Blocker

It was honestly just matter of time until Brandie Wilkerson won this award as there's little doubt she has the biggest block on tour - pretty much as certain as hearing the "My Block" song while she's playing centre court. In only her second full-season on the World Tour - Wilkerson is now one of the most feared blockers on tour - and she'll let you know when she gets you. 

We may be biased, but Brandie could have also won the Most Improved Player of the Year Award (No offence to to Australia's Mariafe Artacho del Solar). Her dominance at the net makes even the best hitters pull out the roll shot - only to have it swatted back. 

Melissa Humaña-Paredes - Best Setter

Rookie of the Year, Most Improved, and now Best Setter - Melissa Humaña-Paredes is just collecting them all. Her third award is her first skill-based nod - and there's little doubt Melissa is one of the silkiest setters in the world. In system or in transition, on the net net or off, her dynamic setting opens up the offence.

The most impressive part of her game however

Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humaña-Paredes | VOTE for Performance of the Year!

Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humaña-Paredes | VOTE for Performance of the Year!

Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humaña-Paredes of are up for Performance of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Sport Awards!

The pair had a historic season - not only capturing first-ever Gold Medal in Beach Volleyball at the Commonwealth Games, but also by being the first Canadian team to be ranked #1 in the World and also capturing the Gstaad 5-Star in Switzerland!

Sarah and Melissa made history, fighting off set point 20-19 in the final set against the home favourite Australians, to win the inaugural beach volleyball event at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. In reaching the final, the Canadian women did not drop a set and gave up just 77 points in five matches.

FIVB: World Tour Finals

FIVB: World Tour Finals

One last tournament remains in the 2018 FIVB World Tour season - and it's all coming to a close in Hamburg, Germany at World Tour Finals. The Top 12 Men's and Women's teams compete for this year's largest prize: $150,000 and the crown of World Tour Champs. 

To no one's surprise - both teams of Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes (World No. 4) and Heather Bansley & Brandie Wilkerson (World No. 5) have qualified for the finals. 

Despite having attended all three editions of The Finals - no Canadian team has ever reached the podium, having finished fourth in all three years. Sarah & Heather finished just off the podium in Ft. Lauderdale in 2015, Ben Saxton & Chaim Schalk got close at home in Toronto in 2016, and Mel & Sarah came home empty handed last year in Gstaad.

Women's Pools - Click to Enlarge

Men's Pools - Click to Enlarge

Schedule

Wednesday August 15th

🇦🇺Artacho Del Solar/Clancy def. 🇨🇦Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes - 21-16, 21-19

🇨🇦Heather Bansley & Brandie Wilkerson def. 🇳🇱Meppelink/Keizer - 21-16, 21-19

Thursday August 16th

🇨🇦Heather Bansley & Brandie Wilkerson def. 🇧🇷Carol/Maria Antonelli - 21-17, 21-16

🇧🇷Agatha/Duda def. 🇨🇦Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes vs.  - 21-19, 21-15

Friday August 17th

🇨🇦Heather Bansley & Brandie Wilkerson def. 🇺🇸Hughes/Ross - 22-20, 21-14, 15-10

🇨🇦Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes def. 🇨🇿Hermannova/Slukova - 21-17, 21-19

🇨🇦Heather Bansley & Brandie Wilkerson vs. 🇩🇪Laboureur/Sude - 12:00 p.m. ET | COURT 1

🇨🇦Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes vs. 🇩🇪Bieneck/Schneider - 1:00 p.m. ET | COURT 1

 

All matches can be viewed live & on-demand on the Beachstream for € 4.99 incl. taxes. Watch it online or download the BeachMajors App to watch it on your phone or tablet!

Player Profiles

Heather Bansley

Brandie Wilkerson

Melissa Humana-Paredes

Sarah Pavan

FIVB: Moscow 4-Star

FIVB: Moscow 4-Star

The 2018 FIVB World Tour season is coming to a close, and the world's best move on to Moscow for the final event before the World Tour Finals in Hamburg. 

Two Canadian teams will be competing trying to bounce back from season-worst results across the board in Vienna where not one team made it into the Top Ten - a first for the 2018 season. Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes are looking to bounce back from a season-worst 17th to get geared up for next week's Hamburg World Tour Finals - while Ben Saxton & Grant O'Gorman are looking to finish off their first season together on a high note. 

Thursday August 8th

🇨🇦Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes def. 🇷🇺Syrtseva/Moiseeva - 21-16, 21-10

🇷🇺Krasilnikov/Liamin def. 🇨🇦Ben Saxton & Grant O'Gorman  - 21-18, 21-14

🇨🇦Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes def. 🇫🇮Lahti/Parkkinen - 21-19, 21-14

Friday August 9th

🇨🇦Ben Saxton & Grant O'Gorman vs. 🇱🇹Rumsevicius/Kazdailis - TBD

Women's Pan Am Cup 2018

Women's Pan Am Cup 2018

Pool A

🇨🇦Canada

🇩🇴Dominican Republic

🇵🇪Peru

🇨🇷Costa Rica

Pool B

🇺🇸United States

🇵🇷Puerto Rico

🇨🇺Cuba

🇹🇹Trinidad & Tobago

Pool C

🇧🇷Brazil

🇦🇷Argentina

🇨🇴Columbia

🇲🇽Mexico

🇨🇦Canada Schedule & Results

Pool Play

Sunday July 8th

🇨🇦Canada def. 🇵🇪Peru - 3-0 (25-21, 25-12, 25-17) 

Monday July 9th

🇨🇦Canada def. 🇨🇷Costa Rica - 3-0 (25-10, 25-10, 25-7) 

Tuesday July 10th

🇨🇦Canada def. 🇩🇴Dominican Republic - 3-0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-20)

Semi-Finals

Friday July 13th

 

 

 

Premier League: Galaxy VBC Picks Up Women's Team

Premier League: Galaxy VBC Picks Up Women's Team

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is pleased to introduce Galaxy Volleyball Club as the latest club to purchase a team in the 2017 Premier League. They come with two experienced coaches, Paul Coderre and Chris Wilkins, who will co-coach Galaxy’s women’s program.

Paul Coderre comes with 30 years of playing experience and 12 years coaching experience at the Youth Club level. He was the Region 5 ADP Chair in 2014, and was part of the most successful Ontario Winter Games in Region 5 history - winning a Women’s Gold and Bronze medal, as well as a Men’s Gold medal. Coderre was selected to represent Team Canada’s Deaf National Team at the 2016 Pan Am Games, and 2016 World Games.

“Galaxy Volleyball is excited to own a Premier League Team as it aligns with our goals of growing the sport of volleyball within Toronto and the extended communities. By linking a pro-am team and those athletes to our club system, we can provide a continuum of volleyball services as athletes progress in the sport. Most importantly, our young club athletes will gain access to mentors who have played at the highest levels to help guide them on their journeys,” Coderre states on behalf of Galaxy Volleyball Club.

Co-coach Chris Wilkins adds a depth of experience coaching a successful women’s program, having won his 10th consecutive (OCAA) Ontario Championship with the Humber Hawks last season - currently on a 130 game winning streak. The Humber Women’s program has produced both National Team and Professional athletes, and has the most successful record in OCAA history.

“I’m excited to be involved as a Coach with Premier Volleyball League to help enhance the sport across the Country.  The creators of ONE Volleyball have found new and creative ways to promote the sport and provide a vision to grow volleyball in a fresh exciting way and I want to be a part of that.

This new approach to create a high level league that allows for players to reach their peak performance has been a long time coming.  With the right level of input this is sure to be just step-one of what we will look back on as game changing for thousands of elite volleyball players down the road,” Wilkins says.

ONE Volleyball: Unity Volleyball to Own Two Premier League Teams

ONE Volleyball: Unity Volleyball to Own Two Premier League Teams

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is proud to announce Unity Volleyball’s partnership with the Premier League this summer in Toronto, Ontario, through their purchase of one men’s and one women’s team.

“We believe in the power of coming together to build, innovate and change sport for the better. Our involvement in Premier League allows us to not only complete our vision of helping prepare athletes at any age with the skills necessary to accomplish their dreams, but we believe this creates local role models for our own athletes to aspire to,” says Daniel Shermer, president of Unity Volleyball. “Owning a team in the Premier League positively adds to our community.”

Unity Volleyball has signed head coach Orest Stanko to their men’s program for the 2017 season. Stanko comes with an extensive history of success in the volleyball community, having coached the University of Toronto’s men’s volleyball team to 13 OUA Championships and was the OUA coach of the year seven (7) times. In addition, he has coached both Team Ontario at the Canada Games, and the National Beach Volleyball Team. “I am excited to be a part of this potentially ground-breaking opportunity for our sport in Canada,” Stanko states. 

About: The Premier League is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams that compete in a league over the course of 2 months, with a final championship at the end. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through their participation in League programs and training opportunities. 

Tickets go on sale May 23rd, visit www.onevolleyball.org for more information.

 Former U of T Head Coach Orest Stanko has been signed by Unity Volleyball to lead their Men's Team

Former U of T Head Coach Orest Stanko has been signed by Unity Volleyball to lead their Men's Team

ONE Volleyball: Premier League Announces Partnership with Lululemon

ONE Volleyball: Premier League Announces Partnership with Lululemon

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is excited to announce its newest partnership with lululemon for the inaugural Premier Volleyball League in Toronto, Ontario. lululemon’s involvement in the Premier League includes supplying jersey’s for every athlete, which are to be unveiled at the lululemon Draft Night – May 18th at 318 Queen Street.

“Since inception, lululemon has been well known for its unique roots and strong sense of community. The Premier League is an opportunity to further connect with the volleyball community and assist ONE Volleyball and it’s athletes, in growing the game of volleyball in Canada,” says Nathaniel Virgo, lululemon team program representative.

“As a major influencer on the fitness industry and leader in the education of wellness, lululemon provides the perfect partner for ONE Volleyball’s values and programs.” Co-founder Jolande Amoraal says, “Their recent affiliation to beach volleyball at the 2016 Olympic Games and with social influencers such as Kerri Walsh make their transition to the hard-court very natural.”

About: The Premier League is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams that compete in a league over the course of 2 months, with a final championship at the end. The lululemon Draft Night is closed to the public but will be live-streamed via our media partner Volleyball Source.

Tickets go on sale May 23rd, visit www.onevolleyball.org for more information.

ONE Volleyball: Announcing the Premier League

ONE Volleyball: Announcing the Premier League

We're proud to announce our partnership with ONE Volleyball to bring you complete coverage of the ONE Volleyball Premier League - Elite level volleyball coming to Toronto this summer. 

The Premier League is comprised of 4 men's and 4 women's teams made up of the best athletes in Toronto. Each team will play each other twice over the course of 2 months with a final four championship at the end. Athletes are selected to teams in the inaugural year through a closed athlete draft.

Volleyball Source is the official media partner of ONE Volleyball - bringing you comprehensive coverage all summer long - from a live broadcast of the Lulemon Premier Draft, exclusive coverage of athletes, and live streams of every single match. 

To participate: Athletes wishing to compete in the Premier League must apply to be in the Lululemon Premier Draft, where they have the opportunity to be selected to a team. We would like to encourage anyone who is interested to apply! 

Deadline to register for the Draft: May 8, 2017

Athletes will never be required to pay a fee to play in the Premier League. Athletes that are part of the winning team will be awarded a contract bonus from the team's earnings.

FIVB: Sydney 2 Star

FIVB: Sydney 2 Star

While the indoor season wraps up here, some of our Canadian beach players arrived in Sydney, Australia for the first FIVB World Tour 2 Star event. On Thursday we saw Davis/Cockrell go up against Australia's own Bartoli/Jenkins, the Aussies took the set 2 straight (both 21-18). Yesterday, Gordon/Saxton had more success against the American team Pavlik/Dowdy, taking the set 2-1 (24-22, 21-16, 15-13). After winning their quarter final game this morning (2-0) against Dicello/Stockman, they'll move on to face Bawden/Laird in the semi-finals at 7:00 PM/ET. 

You can watch all the games here!

Live Streams

Bronze Medal Match - 11:00 pm ET / 8:00 pm PT

Gold Medal Match - 12:00 am ET / 9:00 pm PT

USport: 2017 Women's Volleyball Championships

USport: 2017 Women's Volleyball Championships

Finally, it's time to gather all the best teams from each province for one last weekend of the best volleyball we've seen all season. If you don't already know, the event this year is being held at Ryerson University's Mattamy Athletic Center, formerly Maple Leaf Gardens. Right in our backyard! Make sure to tune in all weekend long for full coverage from Toronto!

Bracket Challenge

Think you know who's going to take home the first-ever USports Women's Volleyball banner? Take a shot at our 2017 USport Women's Volleyball Bracket Challenge!

Live Stream & Schedule

Fri March 17

12:00 PM/ET       (2) McMaster vs. (7) Trinity Western 

2:00 PM/ET        (3) UBC vs. (6) Western

6:00 PM/ET        (1) Alberta vs. (8) Ryerson

8:00 PM/ET        (4) Montreal vs. (5) Dalhousie 

Sun March 19

10:00 PM/ET       Consolation Final (5th Place)

1:00 PM/ET         Bronze Medal

4:00 PM/ET        Gold Medal

 

Sat March 18

12:00 PM/ET      Western vs. McMaster

2:00 PM/ET        Ryerson vs. Dalhousie

6:00 PM/ET        Trinity Western vs. UBC

8:00 PM/ET        Montreal vs. Alberta

All matches live streamed on Sports Canada T V

Videos

Interviews

Highlights

Blog: Being an Athlete is a 24/7 Job

Blog: Being an Athlete is a 24/7 Job

Should you get the pizza or the kale salad for lunch? Probably the salad. Why? Because the choices an athlete makes off the court can greatly impact how they perform on it.  Check out Sarah Pavan's new blog and recent article "Being an Athlete is a 24/7 Jobs: Making Good Choices" for her top choices an athlete can make that will affect their performance for the better!

FIVB: Ft. Lauderdale Major

FIVB: Ft. Lauderdale Major

The start of the 2017 Beach season is here! Ft. Lauderdale is the first stop of the FIVB World Tour and the first Major of the season! Although an early start to the season, this week we'll get to see 8 Canadian teams hit the sand down in Fort Lauderdale. This being the first event, and a major one at that, it's no surprise there's been some changes to a couple teams. Check'em out below, then head over to the Swatch Major Series site for some live stream!

Canadian Women in Ft. Lauderdale

CanadaNagy-Lapointe
CanadaBansley-Wilkerson
CanadaPischke-May (Valjas)
CanadaGordon-Saxton

Canadian Men in Ft. Lauderdale

CanadaSchalk-Saxton
CanadaRedmann-Humana-Paredes
CanadaO'Gorman-Plantinga
CanadaPedlow-Schachter

Schedule

Here's the schedule for our fellow Canadians!

February 10, 2017

12:30 p.m. ET

Court 2         Pedlow/Schachter vs Gibb/Taylor Crabb

1:30 p.m. ET

Court 3         Plantinga/O'Gorman vs Lupo/Nicolai

3:30 p.m. ET

Court 2         Bansley/Wilkerson vs Barbara Seixas/Fernanda Alves

February 9, 2017

9:30 a.m. ET

Court 4         Pedlow/Schachter vs Kantor P/Losiak
Court 5         Plantinga/O'Gorman vs Winter/Seidl

10:30 a.m. ET

Court 2         Bansley/Wilkerson vs Carico/Pollock

11:30 a.m. ET

Court 4         Saxton/Schalk vs Lupo/Nicolai

1:30 p.m. ET

Court 3         Pischke/May vs Ittlinger/Mersmann

2:30 p.m. ET

Court 4         Bansley/Wilkerson vs Heidrich/Vergé-Dépré


Live Stream

The Swatch Major Series has a brand new Beachstream available where you can watch ALL matches from ALL courts live and on-demand! Even better - it's FREE to sign up! Click the button below to head over to the Swatch Major Series site!

Daily Videos

Interviews

Main Draw Day 1 - Wednesday