Beach Volleyball National Champions
Pakmen players Parvir Jhajj and Sharone Vernon-Evans won the U14 Beach Volleyball National Championships today at the Spanish Banks Beach in Vancouver, British Columbia. The volleyball duo went undefeated throughout the 3-day championships with a perfect 8-0 record.
They defeated a team from B.C. 21-8 and 21-13 in the semis and the B.C. Provincial Champions in 3 sets in the Gold medal match (21-11, 16-21 and 15-6).
Coaches Jessy Satti and Phillip Rodrigues travelled with the boys and were very pleased with their performance.
” Their passing was amazing all weekend … and they served extremely tough…that was the main reason for their success..with their tough serves, Sharone put up some excellent blocks and made smart shots all weekend long” , commented Satti. “One thing I was most impressed with was their attitude leading to and at nationals..they treated it like a business trip..they went to Vancouver and got business done, they were serious in every match and very focused”.
Coach Rodrigues was impressed with how hard the boys worked during volleyball practices over the past several weeks, ‘the hard work paid off …” he stated. Parvir utilized his experience from playing last year to help Sharone learn the game quickly. He is a natural leader”.
The win capped off an incredible year for the boys because their indoor volleyball team also won the National Volleyball Championships this past May in Toronto at the Direct Energy Centre. Both Jhajj and Vernon-Evans play the power position on their indoor team, coached by Ed Turalinski. They feel playing beach volleyball this summer was excellent volleyball training and will definitely help their indoor game. “My passing and serving have both definitely improved a lot this summer, commented Jhajj”.
Pakmen Volleyball offers volleyball training programs for boys and girls, from learn to play volleyball lessons to high performance volleyball training programs. The club has won over one hundred tournaments including 10 National Championships and 18 Provincial Championships. The Mississauga based club also serves the surrounding area including Etobicoke, Brampton, Milton and Oakville. Vernon-Evans lives in Scarborough but feels the drive is worth it because of the quality of the coaching and the diversity of the club.