Prossie stu­dents spike

Vol­ley­ball teams mix it with state’s best in Toowoomba

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

Proser­pine State High School’s boys and girls vol­ley­ball teams have taken on the best in the state.

The stu­dents took on the three-day Se­nior Schools Vol­ley­ball Cup com­pe­ti­tion in Toowoomba late last week, con­test­ing di­vi­sion two.

“Within those di­vi­sions were five pools of four to five teams each,” coach Ben Smith said.

“In each of their pools, the boys won two out of five and the girls won four out of six games,” Smith said.

“This placed the boys in equal sec­ond on points but they were bumped to fourth on set ra­tios,” he said.

“The girls nar­rowly won their last game of the round to push their way to third place.

“Over­all in their di­vi­sion two com­pe­ti­tion, the boys fin­ished 14th and the girls won four straight to take out ninth po­si­tion.”

Smith said he was proud of the ef­forts of both teams, who stood up against much big­ger schools from around Queens­land.

“The com­pe­ti­tion was a good way to con­sol­i­date the hard work of the stu­dents, who un­der­take vol­ley­ball as part of their cur­ricu­lum,” he said.

“To see what they could achieve in a short pe­riod of time was fan­tas­tic and to know that a re­gional school can mix it with the metropoli­tan schools was a fan­tas­tic boost to the fu­ture of vol­ley­ball at Prossie high.”

From the suc­cess of the Se­nior Schools Vol­ley­ball Cup, Smith and PSS hope to con­tinue with the se­nior pro­gram but also in­cor­po­rate a ju­nior team for next year’s event.

SET AND SPIKE: (From back) Ben Smith (boys coach), Kumya Gabey, Liam Hin­schen, Tim Mac­Don­ald, Eli Gun­ders, Rhys Fuhrmann, Ko­han An­der­son, Fraser Simp­son, Ter­rence Neil, Cadell Sch­len­ner, (mid­dle) Sarah Dobe, Tie­gan Hodges, Dana Made­ley, Lily Wil­son, Katie Camp­bell, Mia Burke, Le­sha Jack­son, (front) Tyrah Dunn and Nicki Ryan (girls coach).

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