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Senior Boys Volleyball

Sports Dept —

The 2016 Volleyball year for the Senior Boys team concluded with a strong final game against St. Pat's Town. St. Pats won the first two sets and our boys came back to win the next two. Naenae started the fifth and final set strongly but lost the titanic encounter 13-15.This saw the team finish a creditable 8th in the Wellington College Sport Premier Volleyball League.

As a young team of Year 11 students, with several committed and talented juniors, the progress made this year by the team is very promising. Tirique Malila demonstrated the most consistent and dedicated performance throughout the Premier League season. As a left-handed player, his hitting ability from the opposite position and from the back court was at times devasting. The Tutagalevao brothers Josiah and Josh (Year 10) were committed players whose contribution to the team is significant. Vincent Tuilagi, in his first year of Senior Volleyball, can be very pleased with the way his game has developed. To win a starting spot in his first year stepping up to the senior level is fantastic. Other players continuing the development of their volleyball skills throughout the season were Fred Leaupepe Tema, Jeremiah Saolotoga and Stanley Fiso.

Winning a place in the Premier League at the start of the year could not have been achieved without the performances of Year 13 players - Jordan Sului, Christian Ki-Toalepi and James Ropati. These senior boys provided great support for the group of Year 10 and 11 players making the step up to Senior Volleyball and the team would not have made Premier Grade without them.

The team acknowledges the support of our wonderful Sports Coordinator Yvonne Manuel, without whom the team would have struggled to perform near its best. The 2017 season offers opportunities at Regionals and Nationals that senior players will need to earn with their consistent commitment to their training, their team and a belief in their ability to learn and grow – the growth mindset.