Bound for state ti­tles

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

RUN­NING and div­ing onto a hard con­crete floor is not some­thing that comes nat­u­rally to many peo­ple.

But Monto State High School ju­nior volleyball team’s Ka­lyca Hen­dren thinks “div­ing on the ground” will be her team’s strength when it con­tests the Ju­nior Schools Cup in Bris­bane on Oc­to­ber 17–19.

“And they have proper hard­wood floors in their gyms in Bris­bane so we will be able to prop­erly dive and slide on our knee pads,” Ka­lyca said.

The Year 10 player said her team’s serv­ing was also go­ing well, with most of them serv­ing over­arm.

“What we most need to im­prove on is ball con­trol,” she said.

“We try and do three hits, end­ing with a spike, at the mo­ment but it doesn’t al­ways hap­pen.”

The team came third when Ka­lyca played two years ago and fifth last year but she doesn’t want to pres­sure the rest of the team to go out with a win in her last ju­nior year.

“I think it’s all just about hav­ing a good ex­pe­ri­ence and get­ting stronger as a team,” she said.

Jette Klijn also said she was most look­ing for­ward to get­ting more ex­pe­ri­ence on the volleyball court and learn­ing from other teams.

“You get a lot more per­spec­tive on the game when you see oth­ers play,” the Year 9 player said.

“We trained with the se­niors ear­lier in the year and that was re­ally help­ful.

“I think when play­ers get to have th­ese good ex­pe­ri­ences, then more of them will keep play­ing for longer and that will make our team re­ally good in a few years and in se­niors.”

Jette, who has played since Year 8, and said her favourite thing about it was the team spirit.

“In volleyball it is ob­vi­ous when you make a mis­take but ev­ery­one is so sup­port­ive and it’s just a whole lot of fun,” she said.

But de­spite her en­thu­si­asm for volleyball, Jette has high hopes for the trip to the big city.

“I re­ally want to see some celebri­ties,” she said.

“Some boys from school went to the city and they saw Red­foo, or maybe we will see some footy play­ers.”

Coach Cassie Stephan, who plays in the se­nior team, hopes her team has the same great ex­pe­ri­ence she did as a ju­nior.

“They will meet heaps of peo­ple and, hope­fully, make them want to keep play­ing in the fu­ture,” she said.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

DIG­GING IT: Monto play­ers Jette Klijn and Ka­lyca Hen­dren are all smiles ahead of the Ju­nior Schools Cup volleyball tour­na­ment they will contest in Bris­bane this month.

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