Lo­cals make pro­vin­cial volleyball team

Andrew Kear­ney and Jenna Brown to play with team NL

Northern Pen - - FRONT PAGE - BY MELISSA JENK­INS TC ME­DIA

Al­though it’s some­thing both Andrew Kear­ney and Jenna Brown have ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore, get­ting named to pro­vin­cial volleyball teams con­tinue to catch them off guard.

Both Kear­ney and Brown have been named to 2016 pro­vin­cial volleyball teams, the Un­der-17 male and Un­der-15 fe­male re­spec­tively.

“I wasn’t ex­pect­ing it, to be hon­est, be­cause there was a lot more peo­ple,” Brown said.

There was some sur­prise for Kear­ney as well, even though it will be his third year play­ing on a pro­vin­cial team.

“I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to make this one be­cause it was a much big­ger group,” he said.

The two stu­dents at­tend Cloud River Academy in Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm, Kear­ney’s home­town. Brown is from En­glee, just a few min­utes away.

Ear­lier this school year, both Brown and Kear­ney helped their teams earn ban­ners for the school.

Brown was a mem­ber of the se­nior high fe­male B, tier 1 group for Vol­ley Cen­tral, and Kear­ney helped his team qual­ify for the AA pro­vin­cial tournament. Both teams took home the ban­ner for the Cloud River Academy Dig­ger’s Clas­sic.

The pro­vin­cial team was de­cided af­ter a se­lec­tion camp ear­lier this year.

“(There was) a lot of good peo­ple,” Brown said. “It was good com­pe­ti­tion.”

For stu­dents and teach­ers at their school, it wasn’t a sur­prise they were named to the team. Both have re­ceived plenty of sup­port and en­cour­age­ment along the way.

It was even an­nounced over the school in­ter­com sys­tem when they were se­lected for the teams.

Al­though it will be a lot of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion, Brown and Kear­ney are ready for any­thing thrown their way. They will head to St. John’s in mid-July for train­ing be­fore head­ing to the Eastern Elite Cham­pi­onships, which are be­ing hosted in St. John’s July 29-31.

“It makes me feel happy and over­whelmed be­cause it’s ex­cit­ing,” Brown ex­plained. “I’ve done it be­fore, and it’s a re­ally nice ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Kear­ney will also play on the Team NL beach volleyball team, which will com­pete later this sum­mer.

“The feel­ing never changes,” he said.

Andrew Kear­ney (left) and Jenna Brown of Cloud River Academy in Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm have both been named to pro­vin­cial volleyball teams.

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