Season ends with silver lining for Flamborough beach volleyballers

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The beaches may all be quiet now, but the dynamic duo of Sarah Rosso and Kaitlyn Krizmanich has left the court buzzing.

After just three years together, the beach volleyball team capped off their summer with a second-place finish at the provincial level and a second at nationals, giving up the gold to teams with more years and more experience under their belts.

The pair spent their spring and summer tackling teams province-wide on the Ontario Volleyball Association's (OVA) beach volleyball tour. They took the tour by storm with a new coach, a new training regimen and a backyard regulation-sized court at their disposal, built by Krizmanich's dad, Bill.

Rosso and Krizmanich train alongside elite athletes with renowned coach Hernan Humana, a member of the national beach volleyball program's coaching staff. He had approached them to join him after seeing them play in the Under 16 championships last year. The team placed second that year; a respectable finish for such a young team. Rosso is just 13, while Krizmanich is 14. Although they competed at the U14 level provincially last year, they needed to play up to compete on the national stage.

They're looking to bump up again in the near future - possibly the next year or two - to compete in the U18 circuit. There, they could potentially go on to join Team Canada to play at the international level.

Humana has encouraged them to try new things, and to think like a team.

"When there's only two of you, you have to communicate. You're constantly talking to each other," said Krizmanich.

It's also a much more physical game than regular volleyball. Each player has more ground to cover, and the sandy court is hard on the legs. The pair has special exercises they perform to stay in shape for the game's unique challenges.

The two met on the soccer pitch as kids, but both have decided to give up soccer to pursue beach volleyball. They're in a maintenance program right now, but still make their way to the indoor courts in Toronto for regular practice. The pair also plays together on the Waterdown Raiders volleyball team, and Krizmanich plays for the WDHS team, under coach Gary Banting.

Season ends with silver lining for Flamborough beach volleyballers

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The beaches may all be quiet now, but the dynamic duo of Sarah Rosso and Kaitlyn Krizmanich has left the court buzzing.

After just three years together, the beach volleyball team capped off their summer with a second-place finish at the provincial level and a second at nationals, giving up the gold to teams with more years and more experience under their belts.

The pair spent their spring and summer tackling teams province-wide on the Ontario Volleyball Association's (OVA) beach volleyball tour. They took the tour by storm with a new coach, a new training regimen and a backyard regulation-sized court at their disposal, built by Krizmanich's dad, Bill.

Rosso and Krizmanich train alongside elite athletes with renowned coach Hernan Humana, a member of the national beach volleyball program's coaching staff. He had approached them to join him after seeing them play in the Under 16 championships last year. The team placed second that year; a respectable finish for such a young team. Rosso is just 13, while Krizmanich is 14. Although they competed at the U14 level provincially last year, they needed to play up to compete on the national stage.

They're looking to bump up again in the near future - possibly the next year or two - to compete in the U18 circuit. There, they could potentially go on to join Team Canada to play at the international level.

Humana has encouraged them to try new things, and to think like a team.

"When there's only two of you, you have to communicate. You're constantly talking to each other," said Krizmanich.

It's also a much more physical game than regular volleyball. Each player has more ground to cover, and the sandy court is hard on the legs. The pair has special exercises they perform to stay in shape for the game's unique challenges.

The two met on the soccer pitch as kids, but both have decided to give up soccer to pursue beach volleyball. They're in a maintenance program right now, but still make their way to the indoor courts in Toronto for regular practice. The pair also plays together on the Waterdown Raiders volleyball team, and Krizmanich plays for the WDHS team, under coach Gary Banting.

Season ends with silver lining for Flamborough beach volleyballers

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The beaches may all be quiet now, but the dynamic duo of Sarah Rosso and Kaitlyn Krizmanich has left the court buzzing.

After just three years together, the beach volleyball team capped off their summer with a second-place finish at the provincial level and a second at nationals, giving up the gold to teams with more years and more experience under their belts.

The pair spent their spring and summer tackling teams province-wide on the Ontario Volleyball Association's (OVA) beach volleyball tour. They took the tour by storm with a new coach, a new training regimen and a backyard regulation-sized court at their disposal, built by Krizmanich's dad, Bill.

Rosso and Krizmanich train alongside elite athletes with renowned coach Hernan Humana, a member of the national beach volleyball program's coaching staff. He had approached them to join him after seeing them play in the Under 16 championships last year. The team placed second that year; a respectable finish for such a young team. Rosso is just 13, while Krizmanich is 14. Although they competed at the U14 level provincially last year, they needed to play up to compete on the national stage.

They're looking to bump up again in the near future - possibly the next year or two - to compete in the U18 circuit. There, they could potentially go on to join Team Canada to play at the international level.

Humana has encouraged them to try new things, and to think like a team.

"When there's only two of you, you have to communicate. You're constantly talking to each other," said Krizmanich.

It's also a much more physical game than regular volleyball. Each player has more ground to cover, and the sandy court is hard on the legs. The pair has special exercises they perform to stay in shape for the game's unique challenges.

The two met on the soccer pitch as kids, but both have decided to give up soccer to pursue beach volleyball. They're in a maintenance program right now, but still make their way to the indoor courts in Toronto for regular practice. The pair also plays together on the Waterdown Raiders volleyball team, and Krizmanich plays for the WDHS team, under coach Gary Banting.