Chargers Women’s Volleyball sisters, Hannah and Gracie May, team up for Camosun Instagram Takeover
Release Date: January 20, 2020
Meet Chargers Women’s Volleyball student-athlete sisters, Hannah and Gracie May, the upcoming hosts of Camosun’s popular Instagram Takeover!
Older by 21 months, Hannah has been the influencing force behind the two sisters, who were highly competitive and accomplished volleyball athletes long before arriving at Camosun. “Everything I’ve done sports-wise, Gracie has done,” says Hannah.
Gracie is the first to agree, admitting, “If Hannah didn’t play, I wouldn’t have played. When we were growing up, I was the annoying little sister sitting on the sidelines that would bounce the balls and get in trouble.”
As youngsters, the sisters played at Spencer, before moving on to Belmont, where they had a very successful junior career.
“My sister and I played club volleyball on the same team for four years with VVA West, and won three club Provincials Championships within those four years,” comments Hannah. “We also played high-school volleyball together at Belmont for three years, and won a Junior Provincial Championship together, and two AAAA Provincial Championships. Winning six Provincial gold medals is rare, but winning them all alongside your sister is even rarer!”
The two are also avid beach players, having teamed up for the 2017 Team BC Beach World Championship Qualifiers in Toronto and the Junior Olympic Qualifier. This past Fall, Gracie and her partner, Sarah Ostojic, represented Team BC at Nationals, winning bronze in the U18 Tier I category.
While Hannah has influenced her younger sister in many ways, the siblings credit their parents, Joanna and Lance, for encouraging and supporting them from the start.
“If it wasn’t for our mom, neither of us would have played,” states Hannah. “She played for Belmont growing up and then got us into it. When we were young, our parents set up a net in our backyard and our mom would teach us how to play. If we went to the park, she would always bring a volleyball or beach ball and we’d play. She still rallies with us and she still plays grass. Our dad even plays sometimes, even though he’s never actually trained.”
Hannah adds, “Our parents are huge fans and have attended every single game we’ve played. They’ve never not come to a tournament!”
While suiting up for Camosun seemed like a natural choice for Hannah and Gracie (who have been attending Chargers games and cheering the teams on since PISE opened in 2008), each of the sisters has made their own sacrifices to be here. Hannah gave up several lucrative U Sports offers to come to Camosun, while Gracie had to choose between her successful beach career and making the move indoors.
“It was tough,” says Gracie. “But once I made the decision to come to Camosun I knew it was the right choice. It’s nice living at home while going to college and having that family support – and our coach, Brent Hall, is awesome too! We grew up being the biggest fans of the Chargers and we came to every game! We’re so excited to have more success together down the road and throughout our journey in the PACWEST!”
Catch Hannah and Gracie on @Camosun Jan. 21-22 as the Chargers prepare for their weekend home games against the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades.
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