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Volleyball alumni reminisce on their glory days with current student-athletes

From March 6-8, 2014, eight of Canada’s top collegiate volleyball teams competed for the title of CCAA National Women’s Volleyball Champion. The Championship was held in Seneca College’s Newnham Gymnasium and garnered great support for all of the teams involved. The crowd was loud and engaged as they attempted to drive their respective teams to victory.

The three days of competition were full of action and emotion, and brought some great moments for Seneca to cherish. The Seneca Women’s Volleyball team entered the National Championship ranked eighth, but through tremendous effort, the Sting defeated the Ontario Champion Humber Hawks and improved their national ranking to fifth.

In attendance on Saturday, March 8 were sixteen volleyball alumna champions and three coaches, reunited at the Seneca Alumni tent. Tears were shed and reminiscing ensued as the champions of yesterday watched the volleyball student-athletes of today compete for what was once theirs.

The Seneca Scouts, as they were known prior to 1999, hold the OCAA record of 11 Ontario College Championships, seven of which were captured in consecutive years from 1990-1996 – the first to accomplish such a feat. The Scouts also still hold the record for most medals won by an Ontario College at the CCAA Championship with four bronze medals. The program generated six CCAA All-Canadians during this era, five of whom were present to be honoured on Saturday: Avery Brevett, Yvette Gordon Brice, Maxine James, Sara Marks, and Sarah Little.

The success and accolades for these former student-athletes did not stop there.

These teams produced several Most Valuable Player award winners, OCAA All-Stars, OCAA All-Millennium Team selections, Seneca Female Athlete of the Year award recipients and jersey retirements. Six Seneca Women’s Volleyball players have been inducted into the OCAA Hall of Fame: Jane Young (’80-’81), Barb Adair (‘81-‘82), Kathron Clunies (’86-‘88), Nancy Jarman (‘80-’82), Yvette Gordon (’83-’85), and Avery Brevett (‘91-‘95).

The Scouts enjoyed phenomenal leadership from retired Assistant Athletic Director Bonnie Bacvar and twenty years of exceptional coaching from Frank and Rose Sulatycki, who were named OCAA Coaches of the Year six times and earned CCAA Coach of the Year honours twice.

The Seneca Sting’s present success has been built on a strong foundation forged by a history and tradition of remarkable student-athletes.

These exceptional volleyball alumni were honoured with a banner placed in the gymnasium of the Sports Centre at Newnham, recognizing their exceptional accomplishments. It will continue to serve as an inspiration to the Seneca student-athletes of the future and encourage them to strive for the excellence these great teams of the past achieved.