Exciting step: Two Mildura volleyballers chosen for Victorian team

Two of Sunraysia’s most promising young volleyballers will vie for national glory at the Australian Junior National Championships later this year.

Kyahm Ross and Dustin Freckleton have made the under 17 Victorian volleyball team and will travel to Melbourne in June to compete against the other states.

The duo had to pass two trials under the eyes of national selectors before making the team.

Dustin, 16, said he was excited to have made the team after making the development team last year as a bottom-age player.

“I’ve been playing for seven years and I’ve put a fair bit of effort into it,” Dustin said.

“To make the top 10 volleyball players for under 17s in the state, it is pretty good.

“I love the adrenaline rush and the competitiveness side of it, it’s just really exciting to take my volleyball that next step further.”

The pair will train with their teammates in Melbourne every Sunday for the next 14 weeks ahead of the championships.

Kyahm said the selection had provided him with the motivation to get picked in national teams in the years to come, adding that he will have to juggle his VCE studies at Chaffey Secondary College while pursuing a volleyball career.

“It was great, I set out a few goals at the start of the year with the coach and this is one of them,” Kyahm said.

“It will be a lot, we’re starting to step-up training at home and you’ve got to get the fitness up because a lot of the guys there will have massive jumps.”

Kyahm said it would be good to be able to team up with Dustin for the championships.

“It’s great knowing someone else there, when you go down there they’re all Melbourne boys so they all know each other so it will be good not just being alone,” he said.

Khahm said he and Dustin had their eyes set on making the finals for Victoria.

“Most years Victoria are either in the finals or won the final so they’re a pretty good team,” he said

“It would be great just to get a medal, that would be a great feeling.”

This article appeared in Friday’s Sunraysia Daily 9/3/2012.

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