Competitive Sports

Competitive Sports

Competitive Sports

SMUS competes at the varsity level in 14 sports. At the Senior level (Grades 11-12), all athletes compete through to the provincial championships. At the Junior level (Grades 9-10), all athletes compete through to the Vancouver Island championships.

In most sports, SMUS competes at the AA level (based on school size). At the Senior School level, all teams are competitive and thus, have a tryout component. Some competitive teams complete pre-season training, or fitness and conditioning programs, in addition to attending practices and games. Students who also play on a non-SMUS team outside of school are expected to prioritize their school team. 

Senior School sports require a high level of commitment. Players will often travel for competitions, occasionally miss class time for games, and can expect to train 4-6 times per week. Students should ensure that they are able to meet the requirements outlined by their coach.

SMUS has one of the best AA volleyball teams on Vancouver Island and is a great place to hone skills and learn the principles of the game.

SMUS has both a senior and junior girls volleyball team that competes in the British Columbia high school league where they play some of the highest level programs in Canada. To develop skills and foster team spirit, the team has also toured to Cuba and other places during the pre-season.

As of the start of the 2017/18, SMUS had introduced a boys volleyball team.

SMUS Advantages

Some of the highlights and advantages of volleyball at SMUS include:

  • Elite level coaching from Melanie Bendfeld (NCCP Level 2 Certified Coach and former BC and varsity athlete)
  • Three hardwood volleyball courts
  • Top of the line equipment for training and match play

Senior School Volleyball

Players: 10-14 per team


  • Junior girls
  • Senior girls
  • Boys

Recent Highlights

  • Senior girls team 1st in City for last four years (2016/17, 2015/16, 2014/15, 2013/14)


  • September - November
  • Practices 2-3/wk


  • Melanie Bendfeld (Senior girls)
  • Benson Young (Junior girls)
  • Deanna Catto (Junior girls developmental)