Tag: NBVL Vancouver


Our third team preview goes out to Moveo. A returning team from a year ago, they took to the league’s innovative format like bosses, and were rewarded justly, by getting their names placed on the Championship trophy. All eyes will be on them to start this season, to see if they can repeat the magic from the Inaugural Season


The team is headed by an all female staff, that deserves much of the credit behind building last year’s winning team. Dr. Sarah Jung is a team Owner, and representative of Moveo Sport & Rehab centre, which is where the team name comes from. The other team Owners are Felicia Culham, Lisa Tam, and Jana Weir. Lisa will be the team’s operating GM for the second year in a row, and Jana has retired on top as a player, but remains on the team as a coach.


McKay is the only returning player to Moveo from their championship season. She led the league in the Inaugural Season with a ridiculous 90 digs in 7 matches (12.9/match), and was awarded a 1st team all-star for her efforts. Last year, she played with a savvy veteran in Jana Weir, but this year Aly will need to take a leadership role to give Moveo their 2nd title shot in as many years.

jonny wiskar – 6th Overall

The men’s team will have the benefit of the ultimate veteran in Jonny Wiskar, winningest player of all time on the KBVA tour. Moveo managed to pull both the men’s and women’s dig leaders from last season, as Wiskar paced all men with 60 in his 6 matches, and finished tied for 3rd in the Inaugural Season with Volleyball BC. Jonny was also awarded a 1st team All-Star last season, he and McKay should go a long way in bringing their NBVL rookie teammates up to speed.

brina derksen-bergen – 7th overall

Derksen-Bergen may be new to the NBVL, but she is by no means new to volleyball in Vancouver. A 5 time CIS National Champion with UBC, she now shoots for titles on the sand, where this past year she won the KWVC season opener, and hit the semi finals in a few events on the VBC beach tour. Brina will be a great addition to the team, and should fit perfectly with McKay in the back court.

justin faester – 18th overall

Faester isn’t a stranger to the NBVL. As a free agent, he was called upon by Moveo to play in one matchup last season (vs. Jonny Wiskar and Volleyball BC), where he excelled with 25 kills and only 6 hitting errors, resulting in victory for the team. This makes Faester the only player from the Inaugural Season who has yet to lose a matchup. A perfect 1-0. Can he keep that intact now that he’s earned himself a feature role on the Moveo team?

ann richards – 19th overall

Richards is fairly new to the beach, and will look to teammates McKay and Derksen-Bergen to help her build up her beach toolbox. She has excelled in the indoor game, playing with an NCAA div 1 conference Championship team at UCF, then spending 2 years as team Captain and MVP with UBCO. At 6’2.5″ and with the highest block touch out of all women in the NBVL, she’ll be an imposing net presence any time she takes the court.

jake hagen – 30th overall

As an NBVL rookie, Hagen will be looking to prove himself in the 2020 Season. The last two summers he’s been a regular in the top side of playoffs on the VBC Beach tour and KBVA, and has demonstrated his ability to play under pressure by qualifying for the Vancouver Open Main Draw in 2018. He’s also a member of the Pacific Elite Beach Training group, alonside Moveo teammate Justin Faester, as the group looks to elevate their game to become competitive at an international level.

Team Summary

Moveo’s women look as though they could among the strongest in the NBVL Vancouver this season, McKay will bring a strong defensive foundation behind the strong blocking tandem of either Derksen-Bergen or Richards. The men’s group on the other hand is slightly less balanced. All 3 are defensive specialists, so lots of digs will be expected, but they’ll need to find ways to circumvent their lack of size by excelling in the other facets of the game if they want to succeed this season.

Compete Together

Competition is beautiful.

It’s pitting one’s body and mind against opponents, ultimately motivating all parties involved into the desire for growth. Where one competitor may rise to the forefront on a given day, another might take their place a moment later. Competition is put on public display in sport, but it happens all the time and everywhere. In school, in the economy, even in the home (sibling rivalry). What makes competition beautiful is that no matter the competition, it is ever changing. New strategies are constantly being implemented, and improvements regularly added. Just when you think something can’t possibly be beat, version 2.0 comes out. 5 years from now we’ll wonder how any phone ever existed without at least 7 cameras.

Competition is the cornerstone of change and evolution. We are constantly competing with the past, so that in the future we can be better than we were. Those we compete with the hardest, end up shaping us the most, because when we fight to surpass our rivals and idols, we are also surpassing who we once were. When that desire for growth is reciprocated between competitors, that’s when the truly significant steps forward are made. If Federer didn’t have Nadal, would either of them have reached the same level of skill or popularity? Where would women’s hockey be if Canada didn’t have the Americans to push them to be great? If LeBron didn’t look up to Michael Jordan as a benchmark, would he have gotten into the conversation of best ever players?

But just as competition is beautiful, it can also get ugly. Emotions run hot in a competitive environment, and the win at all costs mentality can sink in. The focus of competition begins to go sour when the object of competition changes from defeating one’s opponent at their best, to inhibiting them so they can’t get there. When cheating and obstruction set in in competition, everyone suffers. This could be something small, like pulling the plug on your little brother’s gaming console so he can’t beat your high score. But it often incites a like minded or escalated retaliation, and all of a sudden, no one can play because he pulled all the joysticks out of the controllers. Not to get political, but you can easily witness it via the smear campaigns that tend to take over at election time, which often overshadow the actual platform that a candidate actually represents.

Unfortunately, there are other variations of competition gone awry. Exclusion and unfair treatment also play their part in tarnishing the beauty of competition. For example, sport organizations, or whoever else that fail to improve conditions for their athletes, or provide an equal opportunity to athletes of all genders or races. This poor treatment, more than anything, often results in heated arguments, fights, and lawsuits, hurting everyone involved. These are the things that we should all strive to overcome.

Let’s do our part to keep competition beautiful by following the NBVL’s official motto: Compete Together. Often competition isn’t linked with togetherness, but when we work together and push each other while competing, that’s often where we achieve the most growth, and the most rewarding outcomes. In 2020, NBVL Calgary with Compete Together with NBVL Vancouver, trying to outshine the other, while also striving build each other up. Men and women will Compete Together on separate courts but towards the common team objective of taking the 2020 crown, playing as many of the NBVL’s unique Overtime sets as necessary. All registered athletes will Compete Together at the Combine, comparing themselves to the beach players of various skill levels, while pushing each other to shine in front of team Owners and get chosen in the 2020 Draft (Nov 23rd in Vancouver, 24th in Calgary). Team Owners will Compete Together, vying to put together the strongest teams, and taking the first steps of the season to creating the high level pro beach volleyball environment that will ultimately benefit everyone listed to this point.

Competition is beautiful. When we compete together, it nears perfection.

Calgary vs Vancouver

Where would sports be without rivalries? Leafs vs Habs, Lakers vs Celtics, Federer vs Nadal. It’s great to root for the home team, but it’s so much greater when they’re pitted against their arch nemesis. It adds another level to sports for everyone involved. Teams and athletes are willing to give that little bit of extra effort. Fans benefit from seeing the extra fire on the court. Those tense moments that show up in any sport become INtense when that extra bit of pride that comes from beating a rival is on the line.

Often they stem from greatness. the most recognizable ones at least. When two teams/athletes are so consistently great that they meet year after year, final after final. Drama thrives when athletes are constantly jockeying for the top spot in their respective sports. Though we don’t want to see a repeat of the Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan ordeal, we do want to see our favorite athletes go to great lengths on the court/field/pitch/etc to take down their bitter foe. And when the great teams are no longer great, their rivalries live on through their fanbases. Will Volleyball Stuff have a little extra motivation to take out Moveo this season? It’s possible!

Another reason for teams to butt heads is proximity. The closer two teams are to one another, the easier it is for opposing fanbases to come into contact with one another. “My city is better than your city” leads to “My team is better than your team”, which then often becomes too laden with profanities to quote any further in this article. The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears have only met in the playoffs twice in the last 98 years, and yet they’re one of the most heated rivalries in sports, due in large part to the short 3.5 hour transit from Lambeau to Soldier Field. Like they say, keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

So here’s hoping that the introduction of the NBVL Calgary will be the beginnings of a beautiful enmity. May both Calgarians and Vancouverites laud their superior talent, and jostle over who will reign supreme and hoist the yet to be named NBVL Trophy. Vancouver teams have the advantages of experience and community, having already played one season in the league, and a strong caliber of events during the summer. Calgarians on the other hand are resourceful and adaptive, thanks to unpredictable weather, Calgarians are ready for anything and are always able to weather a storm.

As of right now, the NBVL Vancouver is leading the preseason. Registering players at about double the rate of NBVL Calgary. The leading cause is likely awareness. Players in the Inaugural season in Vancouver have been eagerly awaiting the second installment, whereas in Calgary, it’s fresh news, word still needs to spread. For those of you looking forward to the NBVL coming to Calgary this winter, whether you intend to Own a team, play, or support, you can get involved right now by simply spreading the news. We want the best talent in the Calgary area, so we need everyone to hear about it. Share this post, tell a friend, or simply have a discussion about the league. Every little bit helps. Let’s build this rivalry one conversation at a time.

The Regular Season schedules are now available for both Vancouver and Calgary Leagues. All teams will play every game day during the Regular Season, but players are not required to participate in every game. NBVL Vancouver Calendar, NBVL Calgary Calendar

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