Vol­ley­ball star heads to USA

Weekend Courier - - Sport -

ROCK­ING­HAM vol­ley­baller Joshua Sy­mons is get­ting set to em­bark on a four-year sport­ing ad­ven­ture play­ing for the Mt Olive Tro­jans in North Carolina, USA.

Sy­mons (19) played vol­ley­ball for the Man­durah Bap­tist Col­lege since 2012 be­fore grad­u­at­ing last year and will be one of 10 in­ter­na­tional new play­ers join­ing the col­lege’s 20-man team.

He was first in­tro­duced to the sport when he was in Year 8.

“I was look­ing for a bas­ket­ball team but the school said they had a vol­ley­ball team in­stead and come down,” he said.

“The next day they in­vited me to go to Mel­bourne for the School’s Cup.

“I was benched for the whole week but in the four fol­low­ing years I didn’t come off the court.”

He has rep­re­sented WA in the un­der 19s men’s team at the Aus­tralian Ju­nior Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onships in Can­berra, where he won a bronze medal in 2015 and also in 2016.

Af­ter he grad­u­ated last year, Sy­mons has been help­ing out as an as­sis­tant coach for the Year 9 girls team twice a week.

He ap­plied to play vol­ley­ball in the US in 2015 and sent off a show reel of some of his per­for­mances to a re­cruit­ing agency.

“I got ac­cepted into the pro­gram last year and got about five of­fers from dif­fer­ent col­leges,” he said.

Af­ter about 15 in­ter­views via Face­time he de­cided to take up an of­fer from the Mt Olive Col­lege be­cause of its highly re­garded vol­ley­ball pro­gram.

“It’s a pretty small col­lege but they came sec­ond in their con­fer­ence last year and were 15th in the coun­try,” he said.

“They are aim­ing to go to the na­tional cham­pi­onships and make the fi­nal four in the next two years.”

Sy­mons said he would be train­ing up to 13 times a week while also study­ing busi­ness man­age­ment.

He wil fly to the US next month.

Joshua Sy­mons in ac­tion for the Man­durah Bap­tist Col­lege team.

Joshua Sy­mons is ex­ited about play­ing in the US.

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