The SAS volleyball squad competed in the ‘18th Annual Comfort Inn May Park Horsham Volleyball Tournament’.

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The Sunraysia Academy of Sport volleyball squad recently competed in the ‘18th Annual Comfort Inn May Park Horsham Volleyball Tournament’. The academy entered 4 teams; women’s reserve team, junior girls team and 2 junior boys teams. The tournament ran over 2 days from the 19th-20th November 2011.

The women’s reserve team were coached by Steve Purcell and captained by Kirsty Telfer. With a number of the girls in the team having previously represented Victoria, including Karly Bartlett, Amy Mann, Alyce Mason Kirsty Telfer and Ashlee Spence, there was a wealth of experience in the side. The girls were very competitive winning three games out of five. Unfortunately missing out on the final by 1 point.

The junior girls team were very successful, after being undefeated in the round robin matches, they went on to win their semi-final and then defeated St Brigids from Horsham, in the grand final 3 sets to love. The score was 25-13, 25-11, 25-15. Abigail Alabaster captained the team and was rewarded for her consistent and outstanding play throughout the tournament by being awarded the Most Valuable Player Award for the junior girls. Breanna Doorne with her height finished off many attacking plays and was also well supported by Felicity Anderson. Overall the team worked together very well and were very deserving winners. They were coached by Allan Hassell.

Sunraysia Volleyball also entered a junior girls team from their academy. This team was made up of 11 and 12 year old and will no doubt be future Sunraysia Academy players.

An experience team and a development team were entered into the junior boys competition. Both teams were coached by Paul Freckleton and the development team , although not winning a game, provided tough competition. Tain Byrne captained the side and lead from the front, he was well supported by Joseph Nguyen.

The more senior team was captained by Adrian Fox, who’s leadership and experience helped the side get over the line in the grand final. The team had a more difficult trip to the finals compared to the junior girls, but played well when it counted. They won the grand final three sets to love, 25-22, 25-16, 25-23, against Horsham College. Dustin Freckleton, who is coming of age as a setter, played one of his best tournaments to date. A special mention to the rookies of the squad , Forrest Patterson and John Hua who played well and truly above their years.

Overall, a very successful tournament with the Sunraysia Academy of Sport taking home two winners trophies.

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