Bound for state titles
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.
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.