2011 - 2012 Season

May 23, 2012 - The 2012 Canadian Open Volleyball Championships




Thank you to our coaching staff, athletes, and fans, who represented the PANDAS Club at the 2012 Canadian Open in Toronto this past weekend. It was an outstanding event that exposed our athletes and coaches to top Canadian volleyball competitors. We are pleased to support Volleyball Canada by competing in the event. Our athletes and coaches have learned a lot from the experience.

Our 16U Team had a 5th Place, Tier 2, Division 1 finish. Our 17U Team had a 5th Place, Tier 1, Division 1 finish. Our 18U Team had a 1st Place, Tier 3, Division 1 finish. Congratulations to all!




May 7, 2012 - PANDAS 16U Compete in Provincials



Our PANDAS 16U athletes battled their way to a 4th place finish at Provincials this past weekend. Outside Hitter #9 - Nalani Stang was recognized as a tournament All-Star.

Thank you to family, friends and members of the Pandas Club for coming out and supporting the team. The athletes and their coaches are looking forward to a great competitive experience at the Canadian Open in two weeks. Congratulations!




April 30, 2012 - PANDAS 18U and 17U Compete in Provincials



Congratulations to the PANDAS 18U team for their Gold Medal finish at Provincials. All-Stars Whitney Follette and Karly Janssen were recognized.

Congratulations to the PANDAS 17U team for their Silver Medal finish at Provincials. All-Stars Michelle Bodnarek and Megan McCreary were recognized.

Both teams are looking forward to competing in the Canadian Open in Toronto in May. Go Pandas!






April 23, 2012 - PANDAS 16U Compete in Premier 3




Our PANDAS 16U athletes faced some tough competition at Premier 3 in Calgary this past weekend. The team will use this experience and hit the practice gym to focus on their season’s long term goals - Provincials and the Canadian Open. Thank you to all supporters who attended the tournament and to our competition who push us to continually improve.





April 16, 2012 - PANDAS 17U and 18U Compete in Premier 3





The practice preparation and determined game play put forth by our 17U and 18U athletes, resulted in a Gold Medal finish for the 17U team and a Silver Medal finish for the 18U team this past weekend in their respective Premier 3 age divisions. Each athlete played a vital role in her team’s success. The teams trusted in and rose to their coaches’ tournament expectations. Congratulations PANDAS and thank you once again family and friends for your support. 

  


  








“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.” – Halford E. Luccock  








April 13, 2012 - Congrats to PANDAS 17U Coach Dusty Freimark and Club Manager Ryan Zdunick





The PANDAS 17U Team is happy to welcome their newest "Outside Spitter" to the roster - Miss Tayvn Rian Zdunick. Proud parents, Dusty and Ryan, left the Best of the West tournament on Saturday, April 7th and Tayvn was born on the 8th in Edmonton. Congratulations Dusty and Ryan. We are thrilled to finally meet your daughter who seems quite content to be on a volleyball court already!






April 9, 2012 - Best of the West Tournament


The PANDAS Volleyball Club’s 16U, 17U and 18U teams enjoyed some great competition this past weekend at the Best of the West tournament. Thanks to Canada West Dino Women’s Volleyball Club for hosting the event and for the invitation to participate. For more details, click on BOW.


April 9, 2012 - Congratulations!


Congratulations to Mike Ling who was named the winner of the R.G. Glassford Award at the 2011-12 Green and Gold Athletic Awards which were held on April 5th. Mike is a long time Assistant Coach with the University of Alberta Pandas Volleyball Team and this club season with the PANDAS 17U Team.

Congratulations also to 4th year varsity Pandas’ volleyball setter/outside hitter Jaki Ellis who was named the winner of The Bakewell Trophy.


April 2, 2012 - PANDAS 21U Compete in Provincials



Congratulations to the PANDAS 21U Team who finished in 2nd place at the Women's 21U Provincials this past weekend. The PANDAS 21U team was made up of University of Alberta Pandas who are under 21 years of age. The team’s roster was rounded out by 18U and 17U Pandas Club players. The Club appreciates the opportunity for its athletes to practice, scrimmage and compete alongside the 21U Varsity Pandas. The Head Coach for the team was Mike Ling and the Assistant Coaches were Jocelyn Blair and Alena Omelchenko.



April 2, 2012 - PANDAS 16U Compete in Premier 2



Although our PANDAS 16U team competed at the tail end of Spring Break in Premier 2 this past weekend, they definitely were not in "vacation mode" during their tournament matches. They came to the tournament with a determined focus and worked well together as a team to finish in Third place. Congratulations Pandas! Your coaches, family, friends and club are proud of you.





March 25, 2012 - PANDAS 17U and 18U Compete in Premier 2


Our PANDAS 17U and 18U teams had another opportunity to put their practiced skills and team dynamics into play at Premier 2. The 17U’s finished First and the 18U’s finished Third among a field of competitive teams in each of their age divisions. Many thanks to our coaches and to the athletes’ families and friends who spurred our teams to victory.  

            

  

  

March 15, 2012 - Welcome to Alena Omelchenko


We are fortunate to have a U of A Pandas student/athlete, Alena Omelchenko, work in an Assistant Coach capacity with our 17U Team as part of her Coaching Practicum. Welcome Alena!


March 13, 2012 - PANDAS 16U Compete in Premier 1






Our Club’s newest team - PANDAS 16U - competed in their first Premier tournament this past weekend. We are proud of all of our athletes who contributed to a Fifth Place finish. It was a great team effort against some formidable competition. Thanks to our coaches and to the 16U Team’s supporters!





March 5, 2012 - PANDAS 17U and 18U Compete in Premier 1



Thank you to our Pandas Club athletes and their supporters for being part of our first Premier volleyball experience of the season in Calgary this past weekend. Our athletes and coaches were able to see how practice efforts translated to game play situations.


Congratulations to the PANDAS 17U team on their Gold Medal finish and to the PANDAS 18U team on their Fifth Place finish. It was a great kick-off to this club season!




January 30, 2012 - Sitting Volleyball First Contact Session in Calgary





Volleyball Canada, with support from the Canadian Paralympic Committee, is happy to announce a free one-day Sitting Volleyball First Contact session in Calgary!


During the session, National Team Sitting Volleyball coaches will teach your coaches and guests about the sport of sitting volleyball and talk about relationship between sitting and traditional volleyball.


Sitting Volleyball is a Paralympic Sport for athletes with a disability, but it is a game that can be played domestically with both able-bodied athletes and athletes with a disability. Come see how this fast and dynamic sport is played and how you can use it in your everyday coaching and training. 


The one day session will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the Timbertown Training Facility (3420-12 St. NE, Calgary).


Contact Phil Allen to register at disabled@volleyball.ca or 613-296-0433.




   






January 29, 2012 - PANDAS Night 2012

 

Congratulations to the University of Alberta PANDAS Volleyball Team for their wins against the Dinos this weekend. The Pandas Volleyball Club athletes and parents were out on Saturday night to cheer on the varsity Pandas who did not disappoint! 


Thank you U of A Pandas for taking time after your game to socialize with our Club athletes and to present to them their team jerseys for the upcoming season. Special thanks to Laurie Eisler and her coaching staff for making this night happen. Our Club is grateful to the Pandas organization for all that they do and the mentorship role that they provide to our Club's athletes and coaches.

  

University of Alberta PANDAS Volleyball Team with PANDAS Volleyball Club Athletes



The 2011-2012 PANDAS Volleyball Club Athletes (from L to R - 18U, 17U and 16U teams)


January 9, 2012 - Thanks to the U of A Pandas Volleyball organization and to the University of Tsukuba Women's Volleyball Team

 

Our Club was extremely fortunate to be involved in the University of Alberta PANDAS Volleyball Team’s New Years Classic - watching  exceptional varsity volleyball, playing against competitive teams in the affiliated Invitational Club Tournament, shagging balls at the varsity matches, and opening our homes to visiting Japanese athletes. A highlight of the weekend was the on-court training interaction between the University of Tsukuba Women's Volleyball Team and our PANDAS Club athletes. It was an unforgettable experience for our coaches, athletes, and their families. 


  
 


  
 


  
 



December 17, 2011 - NEW YEARS CLASSIC 


  

  

  



The Pandas Volleyball Club is proud to support the New Years Classic hosted by the University of Alberta PANDAS Volleyball Team. 





  

    

   

December 8, 2011 - CLUB TRYOUT COMPLETION

     

The Pandas Volleyball Club has made offers to athletes interested in joining our 16U, 17U and 18U Teams for the 2011-2012 Club Season. We thank all athletes and parents who attended our tryouts. We wish you all a great season of volleyball.



December 8, 2011 - GO LEAGUE

  

Alberta Volleyball is offering an opportunity to athletes who may have opted not to play Club Volleyball this season ...


Alberta Volleyball is running a GO League in the new GO Centre operating within the Saville Community Sports Centre at 11610-65ave in Edmonton. The Youth GO League is for athletes between the ages of 13-18 (13-14U and 15-18U) who may not play in our club volleyball system. Winter 2012 GO League runs twice a week for 12 weeks beginning in January. There are two sessions each week, one session will focus on skill acquisition while the second session will be game based.  

Carrie Fedun
Program Director

Alberta Volleyball Association
www.albertavolleyball.com

  

   


November 23, 2011 - MARK YOUR CALENDARS


Parents + Athletes + Club Coaching Team Meeting

Monday, Dec. 12th from 6:00- 8:00pm at Jasper Place High School in Room 188. 
6:00 – 7:00pm Group Meeting (Coaches, Parents, Athletes)
7:00 – 8:00pm Sports Psychologist Camilla Knight will give a “Parents of Elite Athletes” presentation to Club parents
7:00 – 8:00pm Athletes and Coaches will size clothing and have a light work out


17U and 18U New Year’s Club Classic - January 5th-7th, 2012 - In conjunction with the U of A Pandas’ exhibition season Christmas training, invited university teams will bring their developmental 17U/18U club teams along for some juvenile scrimmages. Pandas Volleyball Club athletes who will be in Edmonton on these dates (end of Christmas break) will be offered a great, competitive experience.(For athletes selected to join the 17U or 18U Pandas Volleyball Club teams)


PANDAS Night with U of A Pandas / Team Pictures - January 28th, 2012 - Watch U of A versus U of C game with reception and photos to follow. (For all athletes selected to join a Pandas Volleyball Club team)
  

Alberta Volleyball’s 2012 Premier Tournament Schedule - Premier Tournaments
  

Volleyball Canada’s 2012 Open Info - Canadian Open
  

Best of the West Invitational - Best of the West


October 20, 2011 - CLUB TRYOUT DATES/TIMES/GYMS

The Pandas Volleyball Club will be offering three teams for female athletes in the 2011-2012 Club Season:

  

16U Division 1 Team - Head Coach: Christine Biggs, Assistant Coach: Meggie Moir
17U Division 1 Team - Head Coach: Dusty Freimark, Assistant Coach: Mike Ling, Team Manager: Becky Simpson
18U Division 1 Team - Head Coach: Jen Telfer, Assistant Coaches: Daryll Roper and Larissa Cundy

Our Club Tryouts will be held on the following days (click on gymnasium name for maps/addresses). Please note that physical testing will take place on November 29th during the tryout.

16U, 17U and 18U - November 29th from 5:00-7:00pm at the U of A Campus Main Gym - PE & Rec / Van Vliet Centre 
16U, 17U and 18U - December 1st from 5:00-7:00pm at the U of A Campus Main Gym - PE & Rec / Van Vliet Centre
16U - December 7th from 6:00-8:00pm at Saint Francis Xavier Sports Centre (Gym #2)
17U and 18U - December 7th from 8:00-10:00pm at Saint Francis Xavier Sports Centre (Gym #2)


There will be no tryout fees. Our coaches will be formulating a tryout evaluation plan based on the number and types of athletes in attendance. Therefore, we request that all athletes interested in attending our tryouts fill in our Athlete Information Form by midnight, Nov 27th and then check-in on the first day of tryouts. (FORM NOW CLOSED)

For more information about age classes and tryout/signing regulations for 2012, please visit the Alberta Volleyball Association’s Youth Indoor webpage at http://www.albertavolleyball.com/content/youth-indoor-volleyball-ages-12-18-years.

For detailed information about our club philosophy, coaching staff, parent roles and fee structure, please click on the tabs at the top of this website. Thank you for your interest in our club.