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Nayland College Volleyball Update

Dayna Whiting - Sports Director —

There has been a plethora of volleyball played over the past week by our Nayland College junior students, with more to come!

Last Friday the 10B girls and 9B girls played in the Tasman Championships Division 2 competition. It was a very successful day for both teams for different reasons. 

The 9B's improved with each game, getting lots of volleyball reps. The 10B's had the highlight of the day topping the competition. The team played a hard 3 set final against a strong Waimea College team.

Student coach Joseph Meleisea said he was,

...extremely proud of the way the team performed throughout the day.

On Saturday and Sunday the girls and boys Junior A teams and the 9A girls team played in the Tasman Championship Division 1 competition, which resulted in them gaining seedings for the South Island tournament (SI). 

The 9A's have shown steep improvement throughout the season which was demonstrated in the weekend Champsionship, where the team placed 6th. In the original SI format this performance would have given them the tough fought division 1 spot however with the changes in the programme all tasman girls teams have made it into the top 24 draw.

The Junior A girls team finished the weekend with a 3rd place result, which was a great result considering on the Sunday the team was down to 7 players. They played a strong undefeated Marlborough girls team in the semi finals where the team put up a good battle, however fell short. They then went on to play Nelson Girls in the 3rd and 4th play off and after a slow start Nayland College proved too strong.

The Junior boys team had a pleasantly surprising result finishing 4th in the boys competition. They had a tough 3 set loss to Marlborough Boys who finished 3rd. For a relatively new team this was an exciting result for them leading into South Islands (SI).

Thanks to the coaches and managers for the hard work they have put into these teams.

Good luck to the teams travelling to Christchurch to play in the South Island Secondary Schools Tournament next week.