Locals make provincial volleyball team
Andrew Kearney and Jenna Brown to play with team NL
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.