By Cheryl Brown
Hannah and Gracie at the beach with a volleyball
You will not find a mom more proud of her girls than Joanna May. Her daughters, Spencer Middle school students Gracie (grade 8) and Hannah (grade 9) are volleyball phenoms. They just finished an exciting indoor volleyball season. Their U-15 volleyball team VVA West won provincials for the second year in a row with daughter Hannah being named tournament All-star. After winning bronze at the indoor Nationals last season they went on to finish in 11th place out of 128 participating teams at Volleyball Canada’s National Tournament in Calgary, Alberta.
Hannah and Gracie standing with a calendar flipped to National Team player, Shanice Marcelle who has become a friend and mentor to them.This was taken at Provincials after Hannah was named Allstar.
Gracie is also working her way up the ranks in the basketball world. Her U14, Regional basketball team won silver at Provincials, after the team had won gold the previous year where she participated as a under age athlete. Gracie received an invitation to try out for the Team BC Basketball team but declined to concentrate on volleyball.
Hannah spiking a ball at VBall Provincials in May
Hannah and Gracie both had successful tryouts for Volleyball BC’s Island team and earned a spot on the team. The island team will be participating in a provincial zone tournament in early July. At the moment they are in immersed in the beach volleyball season. Instead of pairing with partners from their own age categories at the High School Open this past weekend in Parksville, true to form, Hannah and Gracie challenged themselves and played as partners in the grade 10 division and proudly placed fourth overall.
Gracie diving for a ball at VBall Provincials this year.
“They are both set on qualifying for the Vancouver Open in mid July” said mom Joanne. “ They are each partnering with a team mate from their club team”. “To qualify they earn points through various competitions held the 365 days prior to the Vancouver Open”. “Twelve teams will pre-qualify and four more teams will have to earn their way through play, two days before the Open”. “Participating in a higher age group earns you more points so shocker, both girls play up and they love the challenge”.
This will help prepare them for beach volleyballs upcoming Provincials and Western National tournaments later in the summer.
Both sisters had a very successful season last year with Hannah, placing second at Provincials and winning gold at the Western Nationals. With a love for sports, a passion to play hard and the drive to be successful, the sky is the limit for my girl’s mom says the girl’s proud mom.
ISN wishes both Hannah and Gracie the best of luck and we can’t wait to hear how their season plays out.