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16U Girls

2017 Team Alberta 16U Girls (born in 2001 or later)

Note: The updated 16-month age categories do not apply for the Team Alberta program.  Overage athletes are not eligible to compete in the younger age category 

The Development of a Physical Profile

The goals of our program cannot necessarily be met by simply examining the most skilled athletes at each level.  Identified athletes need to have the size and athleticism that are essential for success at the higher levels. Volleyball skills can be further refined as athletes get exposure and practice within our sport. 

Our High Performance Committee has researched and evaluated physical testing results from numerous sources to understand the base physical performance levels that athletes should possess for continued success in our sport. 

16U Female Team Alberta Athlete- Physical Profile (with recommended standards)

Standards subject to review by the High Performance Committee in December 2017
Position Reach  Block Jump  Spike Jump  T-test (seconds) 20 m Sprint (seconds)
Setter 223.5 cm (7'4"= 88") 261.5 cm (8'7"= 103") 273 cm (8'11.5"= 107.5") 11.5  3.55
Middle 231 cm (7'7"= 91") 272 cm (8'11"= 107")  282 cm (9'3" = 111") 11.7 3.55
Outside 226 cm (7'5"= 89") 265 cm (8'8.5"= 104.5") 279 cm (9'2"= 110") 11.5 3.55
Libero        11.4 3.55

Please note: These standards are not the sole factor in athlete identification or selection. Athletes also need to demonstrate potential to be an elite athlete, a willingness to learn, a great attitude, decision making and leadership skills.

Identification/Program Pathway

  1. Club Coaches will receive an email asking for their athlete recommendations in January.
  2. Recommended athletes will be invited to complete physical testing prior to Premier #1. The tests conducted will not impact athlete performance at Premier #1; conducted tests include standing reach, vertical jump (block, spike), T-test, 20 m sprint). Team Alberta coaches will receive a list of the athlete recommendations.
  3. Athletes may be extended an offer to attend an ID Camp (March 18 in  Sylvan Lake).
  4. Team Alberta Coaches will be evaluating athletes at the ID Camp.
  5. Team Alberta Coaches will also be evaluating athletes in the Premier Season.
  6. Team Alberta Coaches will invite a maximum of 60 Females athletes to attend the Team Alberta Training Centre in July. Please note: If athletes are unable to attend physical testing, coaches will have to provide their testing results prior to being invited to the ID Camp. Athletes not in attendance at the ID Camp may still be extended an invitation to join the Team Alberta Training Centre.
  7. Athletes attending the Training Centre will have approximately 7 days of training with Alberta’s top coaches and high performance staff before participating in the Team AB Cup, which is a tournament amongst all participants in the training centre. 
  8. From the training period and the Team AB Cup, 2 teams of 12 athletes will be selected to represent Alberta at NTCC's.

Athletes selected to the 2017 Youth National Development Program will not be participating in the Team Alberta program in 2017.

Key Dates for 2017 (Dates and locations may be subject to change):

  • January: Club Coaches receive request for Athlete Recommendations
  • February 10: Recommended Athletes attend evening physical testing
  • March 18: 15U & 16U Identification Camp (Sylvan Lake)
  • July 5: Training Centre - Athletes Check-In (Edmonton)
  • July 6 - 13: Team Alberta Training (Edmonton)
  • July 14 & 15: Team Alberta Cup (Edmonton)
  • July 15: Team Selections/ Non-selected athletes released
  • July 16-18: Team Training (Edmonton)
  • July 19: Depart for NTCC's (Richmond, BC)          
  • July 20-23: National Team Challenge Cup (Richmond Olympic Oval, BC). NTCC Spectator Handbook.
  • July 23: Athletes return to Alberta and released.

Coaching Staff

2017 Head Coach (Blue): Craig Wourms

  • M.Sc. - Specialization in Sport Performance
  • NCCP Level 3 – Volleyball
  • 1992 – 2007 Head Coach at NAIT
  • 1997, 2003 – 2007, 2015 – 2017 Provincial Team Coach
  • Instructor at NAIT in the Personal Fitness Trainer Program
  • Whether in the classroom or in the gym, the goal is to provide experiences that enhance and develop curiosity for the individual. An individual that is curious about what they are doing is more likely pursue their understanding and performance in that activity and/or subject.

2017 Assistant Coach (Blue): Michelle Bodnarek

  • Former Team Alberta Athlete (16U, 18U, Western Canada Summer Games Bronze medalist 2011)
  • Current 4th Year Right-Side with the MacEwan Griffins
  • Assistant Coach with 16U Girls NAVC Griffins Maroon
  • Three time Academic All-Canadian
  • Working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English.  Aspires to graduate with a degree in Education.


2017 Head Coach (Black): Ian McIntyre

  • Team Alberta Head Coach 16U Girls – 2015, 2016
  • Team Alberta Assistant Coach: 2011 & 2012 (18U Girls), 2013 & 2014 (16U Girls)
  • 10+ years as Canada West Coach
  • NCCP Level 2 Certified, Level 3 In Progress
  • Ian is looking forward to working with some of Volleyball Alberta's best Coaches and Athletes for the 7th straight summer. He is dedicated to learning the game and spreading the knowledge he has acquired from some of Canada's best player and coaches.

2017 Assistant Coach (Black): Kacey Otto

  • 5th year Outside Hitter with the University of Alberta Pandas.
  • 2016-2017 Canada West Second Team All-Star.
  • Service Aces Record holder for Canada West
  • Team Alberta Assistant Coach 2015 (NTCC Silver)
  • Assistant coach with Pandas Volleyball club
  • Former Team Alberta Athlete (2013). Canada Games Gold medalist

2017 Team Alberta Training Centre

Congratulations to the following athletes who have been selected to the Team Alberta program.  These athletes will be at the Team Alberta Training Centre from July 5th - July 15th.

Delaney Patrick, Edyn Aasman, Jaelle Ogilive, Madison Adam, Brooklyn Wright, Kjersti Wilm-Sirum, Mariah Bereziuk, Rachel Perry, Sarah McGee, Ashley Krause, Kylie Morrison, Lauren Kauffeldt, Riley deWit, Siarra Pless, Rosalie Morrish, Kara McIntyre, Abby Weiss, Jayce Day, Mary Murray, Presly Austin, Edan Wade, Jamie Thompson, Kalysta Knappett, Danielle Dardis, Emily Teare, Halle Krynowsky, Julia Sprentz, Julianna Truscott, Kira Weddell, Melanie MacCready, Mia Vukadin, Olivia Roest, Prisylla Mitchell, Tatiana Decore, Taylor Fuller, Abigail Gruenhage, Amaya Perry, Amber Schleppe, Anna Wittenberg, Emileigh Inglis, Emily Batt, Gillian Wayne-Nixon, Julianne Unick, Kate Fougere, Keawna Kroontje, LeeAnne Arnott, Melissa Hatfield, Michela Alongi, Mikayla Sherriffs, Raylene Bokenfohr, Scarlett Gingera, Taryn Corkery, Taylor McDonald, Vanessa Loos, Charlotte Merrifield, Jenna Gregg, Jordan Betsworth , Katelyn Hayley, Lauren Follett, Makenna Woitas, Michelle Deng, Joelle Laforce, Carolyn Berze

Competition Teams

Team Alberta Black
Uniform # Athlete Name Position
1 Michela Alongi Libero
2 Mikayla Sherriffs Outside
3 Jaelle Ogilive Middle
4 Siarra Pless Outside Hitter
5 Mary Murray Setter
14 Julia Sprentz Middle
8 Vanessa Loos Outside Hitter
9 Brooklyn Wright Middle
10 Abigail Gruenhage Outside Hitter
11 Kara McIntyre Outside Hitter (Alternate)
12 Michelle Deng Setter
13 Amaya Perry Outside Hitter
6 Edan Wade Outside Hitter (Alternate)
15 Keawna Kroontje Outside Hitter
Team Alberta Blue
Uniform # Athlete Name Position
16 Emileigh Inglis Outside Hitter
18 Makenna Woitas Setter
19 Delaney Patrick Middle
20 Jenna Gregg Setter (alternate)
21 Mariah Bereziuk Middle
22 Taylor McDonald Outside Hitter
23 Riley de Wit Outside Hitter
24 Tatiana Decore Middle (alternate)
25 Jayce Day  Setter
26 LeeAnne Arnott Outside Hitter
27 Madison Adam Middle
28 Rachel Perry Outside Hitter
29 Julianna Truscott Outside Hitter
30 Danielle Dardis Middle

Financial Assistance Program

Athletes in financial need can apply to Volleyball Alberta for assistance via the Hugh Hoyles Scholarship Fund

Below is a list of other scholarships, grants, and programs that athletes may apply for:

  •  FCAVA Provincial Team Volleyball Scholarship: These scholarships are available to Provincial Team athletes who demonstrate an interest in attending SAIT Polytechnic and competing as members of the Men's and Women's SAIT Trojans Volleyball Teams.
  • Kid Sport Alberta: KidSport is a national not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to kids aged 18 and under
  • Kid Sport Elite Performance Grant: The KidSport Elite Performance Grant was created to provide financial assistance to athletes in Alberta who have been recognized at a provincial or national team level.
  • Stacey Levitt Scholarship: The Stacey Levitt Women and Sport Scholarship is in memory of a very special 18 year old woman who was struck down by a car while she was jogging on Aug. 30, 1995.
  • JumpStart: Jumpstart funding helps families that need a financial hand with registration, equipment and/or transportation costs.

For more information on the Team Alberta program, please contact Diane Bugler at or call 403-202-6540.