Pakmen celebrate second 18U National boys’ title in 10 years

By DAVID WINER When Jessy Satti won the Volleyball Canada Nationals 18U title in 2008, it was a once in a lifetime dream...or so he thought. Spring forward 10 years to Tuesday (May 22) at the Edmonton Expo Centre and Satti was living through that dream again, but this time on the sideline as the proud head coach of the 18U champion Pakmen ... More

Pakmen Grads Lead Ryerson Rams to National Prominence

By DAVID WINER When Kelly Smith launched the Pakmen Volleyball Club in 2002 his initial goal was to popularize and improve volleyball at the Peel elementary school level. Speed forward 16 years and those initial ripples formed by the club locally, have spread to the provincial and national levels resulting in 33 National and 64 Provincial ... More

Dustin Reid Named U Sport Coach of the Year

Dustin Reid, head coach of the Ryerson Rams women's volleyball team lead the Rams to their most successful season ever this season, and his coaching peers named him U Sports (National) Coach of the Year. He is the first Ryerson coach to ever win the award. Ryerson won their first ever OUA championships this season, after a perfect 19-0 regular ... More

Pakmen stacked Marauders Win OUA Gold

The McMaster University men's volleyball team won the OUA Championships recently for a record 6th straight time. The Marauders defeated Queens University 3-1 in the final. No fewer than 5 former Pakmen standouts are key members of this Championship squad: Brandon Koopers, Jordan Pereira, Calvin Lee, Craig Ireland, and Peter Khodkevych. Club ... More

Pakmen Great Sharone Vernon-Evans Leaps on to World Stage

By DAVID WINER My, what a difference a year can make. Just over 12 months ago, Sharone Vernon-Evans was the recipient of oohs and ahhs in gymnasiums across Ontario as his Mississauga Pakmen held court in Ontario Volleyball Association action. From his jaw-dropping leaps to his heart-pounding spikes, club players and parents alike knew the ... More

Pakmen 16U Girls Turn the Page on Indoor Dreams for Beach Ball Hopes

By DAVID WINER One of volleyball's  many positives is there's never a dull moment -- nor an off-season. When the indoor campaign comes to a close, there's always the volleyball outdoor beach season to look forward to. In the case of the Mississauga Pakmen 16U girls, the outdoor season allowed the players to turn the page on their ... More

‘Fearless’ Pakmen grad Jordan Pereira stands tall for Canada

By DAVID WINER Jordan Pereira may not be tall in stature where volleyball players are concerned, but his reputation on the international scene is growing by leaps and bounds. Officially standing 5-foot-11, or as the St. Catharines native prefers to phrase it, "about 6-foot," The Mississauga Pakmen Volleyball Club graduate stood tall for ... More

Pakmen close out the summer with six medals at Canadian Beach finals

By DAVID WINER It's been said, that you can't win them all. That doesn't stop the Mississauga Pakmen from trying. The Pakmen gobbled up six medals at the Canadian Beach Volleyball Championships at Toronto's Ashbridge's Bay over the weekend. Included in the haul were one-two sweeps in the U16 and U18 men's finals. Harnoor Grewal and ... More

Pakmen gobble up the opposition at U18 Ontario Beach Championships

By DAVID WINER Little did Parvir Jhajj and Sharone Vernon-Evans realize while preparing these past few months for the Ontario Beach Volleyball Championships, that their practice partners would end up comprising the opposition in the U18 final. Yet sure enough, when all the sand had settled from the previous Saturday and Sunday's matches at ... More

Pakmen thrive under the soaring sun at U14 beach championships

  By DAVID WINER Last week's soaring temperatures had authorities issuing a heat advisory. Another caution could have been declared to avoid all contact with the red-hot Mississauga Pakmen at Toronto's Ashbridges Bay during the boys' U14 Ontario Beach Volleyball Championships. The Pakmen not only won gold, they nearly pulled off a ... More