Pandas Volleyball well represented on Canadian FISU team

    Mariah Walsh, Kory White, and Vanessa Jarman to play for Canada, Laurie Eisler named Head Coach

    By Connor Hood on May 29, 2019

    Three Pandas student-athletes, as well as the Pandas Volleyball head coach will represent Team Canada at the 2019 Summer Universiade in Napoli, Italy, as U SPORTS unveiled the Canadian contingent on Wednesday.

    Setter Mariah Walsh, middle Vanessa Jarman, and outside hitter Kory White were all named to the Canadian team, with the team coached by Pandas HC Laurie Eisler

    Walsh finished her Pandas career in 2018/19 with a program-record 3,785 assists, the third most in Canada West history. Walsh was also named a second team Canada West All-Star three times (2019, 2017, 2016), and was an all-rookie team member in 2015. 

    In just two seasons with the Pandas, White is a two-time CW first team All-Star, two-time U SPORTS All-Canadian, and twice has been named to the U SPORTS Tournament All-Star team. In 2018/19, she also set the Pandas single-season records for kills (374), attacks (1,024) and points (430.0). 

    Jarman led the Pandas with 76 total blocks this past season. The 2017 All-Rookie team member will be making her second apperance at the FISU Games, after representing Team Canada in Taipei in 2017. 

    The Games will run from July 3rd to July 14th, with volleyball going from July 5-13. The Canadian Women will be in search of their first medal at the Summer FISU Games. Canada finished 16th in 2017 with 13 medals in Taipei City. This year's event will feature over 9,300 athletes from 128 countries. 


    First Name Last Name School Hometown Program
    Beth Vinnell Calgary Cochrane, Alta. Kinesiology / Education
    Kelsey Veltman Western Brampton, Ont. King’s College
    Vanessa Jarman Alberta Edmonton, Alta. Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences
    Courtney Baker Dalhousie Bridgewater, N.S. Kinesiology
    Mariah Walsh Alberta Calgary, Alta. Arts
    Cassie Bujan Manitoba Anola, Man. Science
    Hilary Howe Trinity Western Calgary, Alta. Business
    Caroline Livingston Queen’s Kelowna, B.C. Life Sciences
    Maude Babin Montreal Montreal, Que. Security & Police Studies
    Julie Moore Dalhousie Halifax, N.S. Commerce
    Kory White Alberta Edmonton, Alta. Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences
    Alina Dormann Toronto Ottawa, Ont. Life Sciences

    Head Coach: Laurie Eisler, Alberta

    Team Leader/ Assistant Coach: Ryan Ratushniak, Queen’s

    Assistant Coach: Rick Scott, Dalhousie

    Athletic Therapist:
    Jennifer Childs, Laurier