2014 - 2015 Season

2014 - 2015 Pandas 18U Team
Coaches: Janelle Rozema & Christine Smyth; Assistant Coaches: Kacey Otto & Eryn Orysiuk
#1 - Jordan Fillion; #2 - Hailey Cornelis; #3 - Kayla Whiteman Kyte; #4 - Mariette Pless;
#5 - Kylie Schubert; #6 - Haley Gilfillan; #7 - Sara McCreary; #8 - Morgan Rigelhof; #9 - Meryn Corkery;
#10 - Lauren Holmes; #11 - Babatamilore Alade; #12 - Emily Day; #13 - Sarah Huffman; #14 - Lauren Smith

2014 - 2015 Pandas 17U Team
Head Coach: Chantelle LaMotte; Assistant Coach: Daryll Roper

#1 - Melanie Heupel; #2 - Gabrielle Rains; #3 - Rachel Jorvina; #4 - Belle Devries;
#5 - Samantha Dodds; #6 - Pamela Xu; #7 - Brittney Davis; #8 - Vanessa Jarman; #9 - Shelby Mellors;
#10 - Danielle Kath; #11 - Jamie Bain; #12 - Sydney Austin; #13 - Erin Corbett

2014 - 2015 Pandas 16U Team
Head Coach: Gavin Little; Assistant Coaches: Tiffany Dodds-Little & Josephine Doerfler
#1 - Sophie Jackson; #2 - Mandy Behiels; #3 - Myja Wildenhoff; #4 - Kayla Passmore; 
#5 - Laura Bodnarek; #6 - Marina Culo; #7 - Kacey Jost; #8 - Kaitlyn Kuchinka;
#9 - Kelly Heinemann; #10 - Jenae Eisler; #11 - Emma Kieftenbeld; #12 - Avery Theune

2014 - 2015 Pandas 15U Team
Head Coach: Larissa Cundy; Assistant Coach: David Roper
#1 - Kassandra Hordal; #2 - Chelsea Hole; #3 - Ashley Aaldyk; #4 - Siarra Pless;
#5 - Natalie Bloemen; #6 - Hope Kotun; #7 - Siobhan Toal; #8 - Nicole Bourget; #9 - Stella Rains;
 #10 - Quinn Anderson; #11 - Clara Zhou; #12 - Justine Collin; #13 - Mikayla Benterud

2014 - 2015 Pandas 14U Team
Head Coach: Erin Walsh; Assistant Coach: Whitney Matheson

#1 - Julia Warner; #2 - Delaney Patrick; #3 - Madison Adam; #4 - Tory Clements; #5 - Jayce Day; 
#6 - Stephanie Markowski; #7 - Parker Austin; #8 - Brooklyn Plitt; #9 - Grace Nanninga;
#10 - Carmen Paterson; #11 - Tait Devries; #12 - Haley Fedick; #13 - Claire Pullen

2014 - 2015 Pandas 13U Teams
(Gambatte and Kaizen)
Coaches: Christine Smyth & Mira van Burck

#1 - Jenna Poelzer; #2 - Elle McIntosh; #3 - Abby Reid; #4 - Isabella Hjertaas; #5 - Alyshia Bryks;
#6 - Briana Saskiw; #7 - Kailyn Gibbons; #8 - Madelaine Kim; #9 - Abby Weiss; #10 - Justine May;  
#11 - Chelsey Konowalyk; #12 - Cassidy Whiteman Kyte; #13 - Trinity Wagg; #14 - Caitlin Huynh;
#15 - Abby Ingram; #16 - Ava Robinson; #17 - Presly Austin; #18 - Isabella Smith;
#19 - Ashley Krause; #21 - Paige Boyer; #22 - Nora Kotun


Congratulations Pandas!

June / July 2015

Team Alberta Beach 2015

Congratulations to Sydney Austin for being selected to the Team AB Beach program.

Congratulations to U16 and U17 Pandas; Kaitlyn Kuchinka and Sydney Austin who received Bronze at the U16 AVA Beach tournament in Sylvan Lake this past weekend.

Junior National Team Program & Youth National Team Program 2015

Congratulations to Mary Pless and Vanessa Jarman as they were selected by Volleyball Canada to be a part of the Junior National Team Program. These athletes, along with Tiffany Dodds (Assistant Coach) represented Team Canada at the Des Moines, Iowa High Performance Championships. Team Canada placed 4th in the International Division.

Sara McCreary, Emma Kieftenbeld, Kacey Jost, Marina Culo and Jenae Eisler were identified and selected to be part of the Youth National Team. These athletes were in Whistler, BC for a Team Canada Camp. It was an awesome experience.

Pandas Representing Alberta in Summer 2015
Congratulations to our PANDAS Coaches, Tiffany Dodds and Christine Smyth, who have been chosen as the 2015 Head Coach and Assistant Coach respectively of the 16U Provincial Team. Congrats also go out to Janelle Rozema, who has been chosen as the Coach of the 18U Girls Provincial Team.

Congratulations to all athletes invited to Team Alberta Try-outs:
18U - Mary Pless, Lauren Holmes, Hailey Cornelis, Sara McCreary, Haley Gilfillan, Lauren Smith
17U - Belle DeVries, Gabby Rains, Erin Corbett, Britteny Davis, Rachel Jorvina, Pamela Xu, Vanessa Jarman, Sydney Austin
16U - Marina Culo, Kayla Passmore, Myja Wildenhoff, Sophie Jackson, Laura Bodnarek, Kelly Heinemann, Jenae Eisler, Kacey Jost, Mandy Behiels, Avery Theune, Emma Keiftenbeld, Kaitlyn Kuchinka
15U - Stella Rains, Kassandra Hordal, Hope Kotun

Congratulations to the following Pandas who were selected to represent Team AB at the 2015 National Team Challenge Cup:
16U White: Mandy Behiels, Marino Culo, Jenae Eisler, Avery Theune, Myja Wildenhoff
16U Blue: Kacey Jost, Emma Kieftenbeld, Kayla Passmore, Hope Kotun (Alternate)
17U: Britteny Davis, Rachel Jorvina and Erin Corbett
18U: Haley Gilfillan, Vanessa Jarman, Sara McCreary, Mary Pless and Hailey Cornelis  

Edmonton Journal All-Stars
Congratulations to the following PANDAS U17/18 Athletes who were selected by Edmonton and area school coaches as 2015 Public/Metro High School Volleyball All-Stars: Tami Alade, Mary Pless, Melanie Heupel, Britteny Davis and Meryn Corkery. 

Pandas 18U Student-Athlete Leading the Way: Meryn Corkery
May 26, 2015

Winning on the court is not the only focus we want our coaches to pass along to our athletes. Being a Student first and Athlete second is highly valued within the Pandas club and no one exemplifies this better then our Pandas 18U Student-Athlete Meryn Corkery. Meryn understands the demands placed on student-athletes.  She embraces the challenge of balancing practice and travelling for tournaments with her academics. This past weekend, Meryn gave her speech and was crowned the 2015 Harry Ainlay Valedictorian. Meryn embodies the drive and determination that we hope all of our Pandas Club student-athletes experience in their volleyball journey. We are incredibly proud! Congratulations Meryn.

Volleyball Canada 2015
May 2015

Thank you to those who traveled to Calgary to support our 14-18U Teams and to those who cheered them on from home. It was inspiring for our athletes to compete amongst the mass of girls' teams in attendance at the Volleyball Canada Championships. Thank you to our coaches for preparing these young athletes for their years ahead in the sport, and to our parents and supporters for their encouragement all season.  

14U - Division 1, Tier 3, 5th Place
15U - Division 1, Tier 3, 1st Place
16U - Division 1, Tier 3, 5th Place
17U - Division 1, Tier 1, 5th Place
18U - Division 1, Tier 2, 3rd Place

Provincial Championships 2015

May 2015

Our PANDAS teams have wrapped up their Provincial Season of competition. It's been an exciting Indoor Club Season filled with lots of volleyball learning: skills introduction, correction and refinement; game play strategies; teamwork; communication; and personal/team growth through losses and wins.

Our club is proud of each and every one of our athletes. Our coaches had high expectations and our athletes rose to the challenge. Here is a run-down of how our teams finished provincially, from our developmental PANDAS 13U and 14U Teams, to our competitive PANDAS 15U, 16U, 17U and 18U Teams …

PANDAS 13U Kaizen - Tied for Championship Division 5th place; PANDAS 13U Gambatte - Tied for Championship Division 15th place; PANDAS 14U - Division 1 10th place
We are so proud of these teams who stuck to their coaches' game plans with a focus on game play development and using newly learned skills in game play action. Congratulations to all athletes.

PANDAS 15U - Division 1 Bronze; PANDAS 16U - Division 1 Silver
These teams are proving that hard work and a competitive drive result in top provincial finishes. There are many teams in these age divisions, so rising to the top is no easy feat. Congratulations to all athletes. Tournament all-star recognition included PANDAS 15U's Kassandra Hordal, and PANDAS 16U's Marina Culo and Kacey Jost.

PANDAS 17U - Division 1 Silver; PANDAS 18U - Division 1 Silver
The level of competition in these age divisions was fierce this season. Hats off to all teams as the future of volleyball in Alberta is bright. Congratulations to all athletes. Tournament all-star recognition included PANDAS 17U's Vanessa Jarman and Erin Corbett, and PANDAS 18U's Hailey Cornelis and Mary Pless.

Brand New U12 Program

Mar 16,  2015

Pandas Volleyball Club is extremely excited to offer an 8 week U12 program. The U12 Program will be led by Pandas Alumni; Cheri Wright and Tashie Macapagal. Instruction for the U12 program will be on a modified smaller court, the height of the net will be adjusted and the athletes will use lighter balls. The program will include; but not limited to:
  • learning the basic skills of volleyball
  • focusing on age appropriate 2 vs 2 and 4 vs 4 style of play
  • basic footwork and movement 
  • learning how to throw a ball; which translates later into proper arm action when attacking a volleyball
Dates of the U12 Program:
Thursday, April 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 14  5:00 - 6:30pm
Sunday,    April 26   12:00 - 1:30pm 
Thursday, May 21   4:30 - 6:00pm

Cost: $150 (including t-Shirt and Volleyball)

Congratulations to Pandas Club Alumni Athlete

Mar 6, 2015

Congratulations to Meg Casault on being named CIS 1st Team All-Star.  We are super proud of you and the work you've done over the years! 

"Coldest Night of the Year" Fundraising Walk

Feb 22, 2015

The Pandas Volleyball Club participated in its third year of the Coldest Night of the Year fundraising walk on Saturday, February 21, 2015. The walk raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in 65 communities across Canada. This year our walkers raised $2,950.00 for Hope Mission. Thank you to participating athletes, coaches and our walk supporters!

Saville Sunday Youth Volleyball League 2015 Wraps Up

Feb 22, 2015

The five-week Saville Sunday Youth Volleyball League 2015 has come to a close. Thank you to fellow volleyball club teams who participated in this league experience. All participating teams enjoyed some fierce competition and were provided an opportunity to work on game play skills. Many thanks to all who donated their the time and talents to the league matches. Thank you to Dr. Pierre Baudin for organizing the gym times and the league schedule, and for inviting teams to participate on behalf of the PANDAS Volleyball Club.

Thank you to the U of A Pandas Volleyball Coaches and Athletes

Jan 12, 2015

Congratulations to the University of Alberta Pandas Volleyball Team for their wins this weekend. It was a great opportunity for our Club Team athletes and their parents to see the results of the Pandas' hard work and training thus far in the season. 
Pandas Night 2015 with the Pandas Team was great! Our Club athletes enjoyed spending time with their varsity athlete counterparts. Our Club is grateful to the Pandas organization for the mentorship role that they provide to our Club's athletes and coaches. We wish them continued success in their CIS season!

New Years Classic 2015 Club Tournament was a Success!

Jan 4, 2015

Thank you to the girls' club volleyball teams who participated in the New Years Classic 2015 Club Tournament for 15U-18U age classes. What a great way to ring in the New Year. Fantastic job everyone!

Thank you to all Athletes who Attended our Tryouts

Nov 29, 2015

Although our Pandas Volleyball Club teams for the 2014 - 2015 season have been chosen, we are disappointed that we had to turn away athletes. We saw great potential in many of you who attended our tryouts. Don't forget to check out GO Sports volleyball training and league play at the Saville Centre, and Skills Training for athletes in Grades 7-10 at ASPIRE Volleyball Training. Best of luck to all athletes in your volleyball development journey.