Pakmen Dominates Ontario Provincial Championships
In the past two weeks, Pakmen won gold in the u13, u14, u15, and u16.
This past weekend, Pakmen sent teams to the Toronto Beaches to compete in 3 age divisions. Members of the club went in to the tournament confident in their ability to perform against Ontario’s best. They faced stiff competition, most of which was from other Pakmen players.
“This level of success in unprecedented,” says Coach Phil Furtado. “But we put the kids through tough practices. They respond well to them, and they work hard. The boys should be very proud of their accomplishments in these past two weeks.”
David Leeder Middle School students Avy Bath and Saad Sheikh took to the sand in their first ever provincial championship. They handled their competition with confidence and stuck to the basics en route to winning the tournament in the u13 division.
Harnoor Grewal and Pranshu Patel dominated the beach scene all summer. They stuck to their strengths – tough serves, and strong ball control and carried their past success straight to the finals.
For the first time this past July, USA Volleyball’s Beach High Performance Championships (HPC) tournament featured Canadian teams. Incidentally, it was also the first time a Canadian team won the tournament. Pakmen’s Zach Albert and Andrew Kos made history last month by coming first in Hermosa Beach, Ca. They were a part of it once again this past weekend after beating out Pakmen teammates Ethan Ellison and Shaunak Pandit in the finals.
“The u16’s are extremely competitive, especially amongst each other. For the past couple of years they’ve been training with the same group of guys at Pakmen.” Said Coach Jessy Satti. “Each player wants to be the best, and when you get that kind of environment everyone improves that much more.”
Parvir Jhajj and Sharone Vernon-Evans won the u15 provincial gold two weekends ago at Ashbridges Bay.
It is no secret that putting in meaningful practice hours is key to success. Pakmen Volleyball has facilitated the growth of its athletes by establishing a competitive and rewarding atmosphere in practice. For the upcoming year Orest Stanko and other high profile coaches such as Lennard Krapp, and Chris Simek will be joining the club. With Mississauga volleyball flourishing each year, the future looks even brighter for the Pakmen Volleyball Club.