Heat women’s volleyball coach Steve Manuel continues to add talent as he plucks Earl Marriott’s, Brianna Beamish out of the lower mainland to join his squad in 2011. Brianna has committed to join the volleyball team for the Heats inaugural season in the Canada West conference.
Beamish, a 5’11” Outside Hitter, joins the Heat with some impressive credentials, her club team, Seaside Surf, has captured provincial titles in 2009 and 2010 and a national title in 2009 with Brianna being selected the 2009 provincial and national championship MVP. Brianna was an AAAA Provincial Championship All-Star in grades eleven and twelve, leading her team to a provincial medal both years. Brianna has spent the past two summers playing for Team BC.
Beamish states several reasons why she chose UBC Okanagan. “I chose UBC O because it is a great school that is not too big and also close to home. One of the main reasons I wanted to join this team is because of the coaches. They are fantastic and I can’t wait to learn from them.” Briana is also quick to point out how much she looks forward to joining the current Heat players adding, “I am so excited to be coming into the Heat program. The team is so good and it has been really fun to watch them play. All the girls on the team have been so welcoming and I am really excited to get to know them all better.”
Brianna is looking forward to the challenge of playing at the Canada West level. “It has always been my dream to play volleyball at the CIS level and that’s why I was so pleased when I heard that UBC O was entering this top level of competition. I’m eager to start playing and contributing to the team in any way I can”.
Head coach Steve Manuel added; “We couldn’t be happier that Brianna is joining our program. We have been watching her play for several years and we believe that she has all the attributes to help us succeed at the Canada West level. Her competitiveness and proven ability to win will serve her well at the next level. She has a bright career ahead of her”.
Brianna will be pursuing a degree in Human Kinetics at UBC and is currently competing for her long time club team, Seaside Surf alongside future Heat teammate Katy Klomps. The two of them will soon be trading their Seaside gear for matching Heat uniforms.