Canadian volleyball player Sharone Vernon-Evans recorded a spike-hit height of 12’6.5″ (382 cm) at the National Training Center in Gatinearu this week, which is believed to be the second-highest touch in the history of the sport.
And he’s just 18 years old.
Vernon-Evans’ jump is just 2 cm below the touch of legendary Cuban volleyballer Leonel Marshall, who touched at 384cm. The feat was done in a test at the Volleyball Canada Junior National Team Tryouts this week. For comparison, the highest listed spike height on Canada’s men’s Olympic Team was a 372cm (146in.) touch by Gavin Schmitt.
The jump puts Vernon-Evans 1.3 meters (4’7″) clear of the official men’s volleyball net height.
For comparison, the highest-flying basketball players in the world are rumored to be able to touch about 13 feet. NBA player Dwight Howard, who stands 6’11” tall, can put a sticker of his face at 12 feet.
Vernon-Evans stands 6’9″ tall and has about a 90″ wingspan. He’s been leaping high for years, having hit 12’3″ back in 2015 at just 16 years old.
The native Ontarian, who played for Pakmen in his youth, is training full-time in the Canadian High Performance system.
According to World of Volley, the unofficial top 9, with Varone inserted:
- Leonel Marshall, Cuba – 3.83m
- Sharone Vernon-Evans, Canada – 3.82m
- Gavin Schmitt, Canada – 3.78m
- Matey Kaziyski, Bulgaria – 3.78m
- Dmitry Muserskiy, Russia – 3.75m
- Daniel Howard, Australia – 3.75m
- Gyorgy Grozer, Germany – 3.74m
- David Fiel, Cuba – 3.74m
- Ivan Marquez, Venezuela – 3.72m