The Heat women’s volleyball team was also the first CIS team to compete at a national championship
Briana Beamish may have ended her career with her university team – UBC Okanagan Heat – but she has greater things to look forward to after being called up to the Canadian national volleyball team.
As reported by the KelownaNow website, Beamish will be in the squad for the FIVB World Grand Prix next month and the NORCECA Pan Am Cup (June 30-July 11) in the Dominican Republic.
“We are thrilled about the good mix of veteran players and a lot of new talent coming up through the system,” said national-team head coach Arnd (Lupo) Ludwig. “We’re excited to be back training at the centre in Winnipeg, and it’s with renewed enthusiasm that we will be preparing for the FIVB World Grand Prix next month.”
Beamish’s five-year Heat career ended in March with her team establishing a series of school firsts, culminating in a CIS national bronze medal.
The Heat women’s volleyball team was also the first CIS team to compete at a national championship, first to play in a Canada West championship game, first to host a Canada West championship and a first to win the Canada West regular season title outright, with a record 22-win season.
Individually Beamish had a tremendous season and was selected to the Canada West Conference all-star team in March.
Through her 98 regular season match career with the Heat, Beamish owns a career stat line of 847 kills, 102 total blocks, 75 service aces, and 980 points. Beamish is second at UBC Okanagan in career kills and points, trailing only Kelowna’s Alex Basso (892 kills, 1015.5 points) from 2008 to 2012.