Team Number 5 from NBVL Vancouver is another new entry to the league, Pacific Coast. As a new team, they weren’t able to keep anyone from last season. Not every player is new to the league, so they aren’t complete newbies, and they will all be trying to make Pacific Coast’s first season a strong one.
Christian Redmann is director of Pacific Coast Volleyball Club, and Owner of this team. He recruited Tim Stubbs to be the team’s GM, and Tim was given full authority over team selections.
denise wooding – 2nd overall
For the 2nd year in a row, Wooding was selected 2nd overall, although this time around, as the first female off the board. As a 1st team all-star from the Inaugural Season, she probably would have been kept, had Volleyball BC remained in the league, so Pacific Coast wisely chose her for their first selection. Denise has been a standout athlete in the BC Women’s beach community for a while now, most notably making the finals of the prestigious Vancouver Open for the last 2 years in a row (1st in 2018, 2nd in 2019).
irem eren – 11th Overall
One of the player’s receiving the most buzz from the recent draft is Irem Eren. Not much is known in the local community about this Turkish athlete’s ability on the sand, though she has represented Turkey in CEV youth competition, and her indoor resume is pretty solid. What really earned her 2nd round selection was her stand out performance at the NBVL Combine, where people immediately noticed her physicality, and incredible potential. She will be the youngest woman in the NBVL Vancouver this season, but Pacific Coast pairing her with a strong veteran in Wooding should help Eren to grow quickly.
john galloway – 14th overall
Galloway and Volleyball Stuff were the number 1 seed after the Regular Season last year, and fell just short of winning the first ever championship in an Overtime heartbreaker. Despite not coming home with the title, John did his part in the playoffs, improving on a per game basis in every statistical category (Pts/Kills/Blocks/Digs/Aces) in the playoffs compared to the regular season. Despite not getting picked up until the 14th overall, John was the 5th male player selected in the draft, and will be expected to lead the Pacific Coast men’s group.
krzysztof orman – 23rd overall
Orman taken in the 4th round might have been the steal of the draft. He was only able to participate in 3 matches in the Inaugural Season, but in that small window, managed to lead the league in pts/match and blocks/match. Orman has a history of international play for Poland, representing at a few youth World Championships, Krzysztof has as many tricks up his sleeve as consonants in his name.
chris howe – 26th overall
Rounding out the men for Pacific Coast is big man Chris Howe. A member of the Pacific Elite training group, he’s been working hard to develop his own skills as well as the level of the Vancouver Beach community. Howe has an excellent net presence, and an enthusiasm for the game even larger than his physical stature. Howe should be a fan favorite the moment he gets his feet sandy.
sarah hockley – 31st overall
Hockley is another newcomer to the NBVL. She played her post secondary indoor as a Capilano Blue, and now spends her summers in the sand. This past summer, she become a regular performer, and made her biggest impact athe KWVC #2 and Provincial Championships, where she took a 2nd and 4th, respectively. Hockley will look to bring those strong performances to the court whenever she gets an opportunity.
Pacific Coast is a well balanced team on paper. Holding well known performers in Wooding, Galloway and Wooding, and extremely athletic fresh talent in Eren, Howe and Hockley, it’s a good mix of everythingthat should serve the team well. The key to this team will be getting everyone on the same page, There will likely be a learning curve early in the season, but they should only get stronger the more they play together.