Abbotsford showcases Canada’s top young volleyball players

ABBOTSFORD – A total of 228 teams competed in Abbotsford, B.C., this past weekend at the 17 and under and 18 under Canadian Open volleyball championships with the tournament centred at the TRADEX Centre.

In all there were close to 4,000 players who competed on 31 courts at six venues, including 19 courts at TRADEX.

It was a great tournament for Ontario clubs as the province won gold in five of the six Tier 1 divisions. Winning Ontario teams were Storm Avalanche of Aurora (17U boys), DRVC of Whitby (17U girls Div. 2), Crush of Toronto (18U boys), Defensa of Burlington (18U girls Div. 1) and the Shotguns of Ottawa (U18 girls Div. 2).

The Calgary Dinos 17 won the 17U girls Div. 1 title.

Full results and standings from the tournament are available on-line at .

Here are the MVP and all star teams from each of the age groups.

Women’s 18 and under


Gold                MVP               #9 Emily Ruetter, Defensa


All-Star           #7 Nico Serratone, Defensa


Silver              All-Star           #5 Taylor Pischke, Bisons


                 All-Star           #7 Christina Souza, Bisons


Bronze            All-Star           #13 Michelle Earl, BCO Elite


                 All-Star           #1 Emily Oxland, BCO Elite


Fourth             All-Star           #6 Jasmine White, DRVC


Men’s 18 and under


Gold                MVP               #3 Andrew Kocur, Crush


All-Star           #9 Danny Demyanenko, Crush


Silver              All-Star           #9 Jarrid Ireland, 204


                 All-Star           #14 Noah Derksen, 204


Bronze            All-Star           #9 Blake Hinchey, NAVC Gold Bears


                 All-Star           #7 David Ponich, NAVC Gold Bears


Fourth             All-Star           #6 Jon Dvorak, FVVC Blue


Women’s 17 and under



Gold                MVP               # 8Kacey Otto, Dinos


All-Star           #9 Alexa Gray, Dinos


Silver              All-Star           #3 Tamara Nipp, Thunder BOLTS


                 All-Star           #10 Juliana Kaufmanis, Thunder BOLTS


Bronze            All-Star           #14 Mallory Sall, Coquitlam Ducks Bryan


                 All-Star           #12 Katie Woo, Coquitlam Ducks Bryan


Fourth             All-Star           #12 Janelle Hoff, CW Zen


Men’s 17 and under




Gold                MVP               #8 Stephen Maar, Storm Avalanche


All-Star           #7 Sergey Grabovsky, Storm Avalanche


Silver              All-Star           #12 Michael Bommersbach, Winman


                 All-Star           #4 Devren Dear, Winman


Bronze            All-Star           #11 Tyler Heppell, FVVC Blue


                 All-Star           #7 Jeremy Liewen, FVVC Blue


Fourth             All-Star           #9 Kevin Falconer, 204

This month of national championships concludes May 19-23, with the 15 and under and 16 and under Canadian West Open with 272 teams invading the BMO Center and the Telus Convention Center in Calgary

For teams, schedules and results visit:

For more information regarding the events please contact:

Volleyball Canada
Membership & Events Coordinator | Coordinatrice des membres et des événements
Tel: 613-748-5681 x 226
Fax: 613-748-5727

Volleyball Canada
National Events Coordinator | Coordonnatrice des événements nationaux
Tel: 613-748-5681 x 232
Fax: 613-748-5727