Sep the 19 Indoor Women Senior
Marisa Field retires from the National Team and reflects on her long and successful volleyball career
When the women’s team steps onto the world stage again next month for the FIVB World Championships in Japan, there will be a notable exception from the roster – longtime player Marisa Field announced her retirement recently from the National Team program, and is looking forward to starting a new chapter in her life.
Field, who spent 11 seasons including more than 120 matches with Team Canada, is one of only a handful of women to represent Canada at the Worlds more than once (Japan in 2010 and Italy in 2014). The middle blocker also appeared in two Olympic qualification tournaments, three Women’s Grand Prix tournaments, five Pan Am Cups, four NORCECA Championships and the FISU Games in 2009; receiving several awards and accolades along the way.
Originally from Kelowna, BC, where she started playing at school and then at the Kelowna Volleyball Club, Field recalls several coaches and mentors who helped her along the path to playing internationally: “One of the very first coaches to recognize my ‘raw potential’, during the first summer I was selected to Team BC as a U16 player, was coach Bryan Gee (current Riverside teacher/coach & Ducks Club coach). He saw something in me and encouraged me to keep working away with the natural talent I had been gifted with,” she remembers, “my high vertical (spike touch 10’4”) was about the only skill I had going for me back then!”
Field decided to attend Okanagan University College (now UBCO), rather than playing in the States or farther from home in Canada. “At OUC, Steve Manuel and assistant Karl Enns played a tremendous role in my development and started the future path of my volleyball career when I began playing for him …he was a major influence in propelling me off into the next level which was CIS (now USports) by encouraging me to make the move to UBC Vancouver where I had been recruited by Doug Reimer and Jesse Knight.”
She majored in chemistry, and after only one season with the UBC Thunderbirds, Field was invited to try out for the Senior Women’s National Team, and went on to earn two CIS National Championships (2008 & 2009, ending the infamous 30-year long UBC Women’s Volleyball “championship drought” - the team continued on to win four more titles in a row). She graduated from UBC with the Ray Lepp Scholarship Award for UBC’s Best Graduating Female Athlete.
Field also found success professionally, first in Spain, then Germany (three seasons), France, Switzerland, Greece, Sweden and the Philippines. She is currently in Greece playing for AO Thiras (Santorini) for the 2018/19 season.
Her professional career is not quite over yet! Field plans to play for another year or two before “hanging up the knee pads and closing the volleyball career chapter of my life.”