Open Letter to Spartan Women’s Volleyball Alumni

Dear Spartan Women’s Volleyball Alumni,

We wanted to let you know that the Spartans are one week away from completing the 2015-2016 volleyball season. Here is a summary of our season and the last few matches in particular.

It was an historic season for the now two-time defending Canada West champion Trinity Western Spartans. Coming off winning its first ever conference and national championships, TWU rattled off a 20-win season for the first time in program history. The Spartans 20-4 regular season mark slotted them third in the Canada West standings, but in the playoffs, the comeback kids took their game to another level. A year after rallying from two-set deficits win both the Canada West and CIS finals, the Spartans rallied from at least one set down in three of their four wins en route to a second straight conference crown.

Led by setter Nikki Cornwall, who was the 2015 CIS championship MVP, the heavy-hitting combination of Elly Wendel and Sophie Carpentier and the middle blocking of both Katie Devaney and Kristin Anton, the Spartans were as good as anyone in the Canada West regular season and better than anyone in the conference playoffs. With outside-turned-libero-turned-outside Mariel Garcia, who won a national title with Manitoba in 2014 and is TWU’s lone fifth-year player, and first-year setter-turned-libero Brie O’Reilly rounding out TWU’s starting group, the Spartans will enter this year’s championship with high expectations and eyes set on a repeat performance.

The Spartans have had a lot of firsts in the last year and I am sure you can remember some of the firsts that you were a part of as a member of the team. I remember my first match as a Spartan against the defending Champions the University of Alberta Pandas. We got killed- not sure if we even made it to double digits. Some tough matches that year in 1990-2000!

I wanted to take a minute to thank you for the firsts that you have contributed to women’s volleyball. You could have been our first Canada West All Star, maybe you were our first academic all Canadian, maybe you were part of the team that made it to play offs for the first time, maybe you were on the first team to make it to Nationals.

Whatever it may have been you are appreciated and we are thankful for the first you brought.

Love to you all,


Lies Reimer (Verhoeff) ‘04
Assistant Coach TWU Women’s Volleyball