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Junior Girls Volleyball

Louise Johnson —

After strong performances in the Monday night school competition, the Year 9A Volleyball team was entered into the Canterbury Junior Volleyball tournament.

This was played over three days at Cowles Stadium. Given this was a junior tournament, this meant a lot of our opposition were Year 10s. The first day saw some great volleyball being played with strong, convincing wins (2-0) against Rolleston, Riccarton and Hillmorton High. Due to these results, the team had finished top in their pool, and automatically qualified for top 8, out of 16 other teams in division two.

Day two saw the team come up against harder opposition. The first game played was against Hornby High School, who were a very polished and well-rounded team. Despite this, the girls played some outstanding volleyball and found themselves winning the first set. Being up 1-0, they continued this motivation into the second set and were up by nine points, however we were unable to hang on to this lead and found ourselves losing 2-1. The second game of the day saw much of the same, again we were unable to hold onto our first set lead and lost to Hilmorton 2-1. The final game of the day resulted in a loss to Rangiora High 2-0.

Unfortunately for the girls, the tournament finished on this note, as our game on the final day, playing off for 7th and 8th, was cancelled, due to the stadium roof leaking onto our court! Overall the team improved a lot throughout the duration of the tournament and look very promising to do some damage in future competitions.