Ju­nior A take di­vi­sion two win

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring - REXINE HAWES

A big spike by vol­ley­ball player Te Aorere Wharawhara gave Matamata Col­lege a rea­son to cel­e­brate.

The Matamata Col­lege Ju­nior A vol­ley­ball team won sec­ond di­vi­sion at the North Is­land Ju­nior Sec­ondary Schools Cham­pi­onship in Welling­ton.

While coach An­drew Kil­ham says it was a huge team ef­fort, it was Te Aorere’s pow­er­ful spike that gave the team its fi­nal point to win the game against Beth­le­hem Col­lege and the sec­ond di­vi­sion ti­tle.

‘‘I was think­ing I want to get this kill (a spike) I want to get this for the girls, I want to win.‘‘ she said.

Kil­ham said the team only nar­rowly missed out on qual­i­fy­ing for di­vi­sion one, los­ing to North Har­bour team West­lake Girls’ High School.

‘‘We lost the first two games and won our third pool match. If we had won two of the three we would have been in di­vi­sion one. We missed out nar­rowly.‘‘

The team de­feated Te Puke in the semi-fi­nal 2-0, with scores of 25-23 and 25-22.

And from there they faced Beth­le­hem Col­lege, and from a rocky start, came back fight­ing to take the win.

‘‘We lost the first set 21-25, we were be­hind in the sec­ond and third, but we chipped away at it and won 25-23.

‘‘The team served re­ally well in the sec­ond set, that got us back in the game. The third set was 15-10, we got a lead and held onto it.’’

Player An­nalese Temm served four points in a row which gave the team the edge in the third set.

‘‘Ev­ery­one contributed to An­nalese get­ting those four points, be­cause we were pick­ing up their at­tacks, we were pass­ing and hit­ting well,’’ said Kil­ham.

Fi­nally Te Aorere de­liv­ered the spike to seal the team’s vic­tory.

‘‘All girls were on the court in the fi­nal and they all did well,’’ he said. ‘‘I am proud of them. We all worked hard all sea­son and it was cool to top it off with this.’’

Team cap­tain Mor­gan Nor­ris said the team was frus­trated to be be­hind, but they didn’t lose their edge.

‘‘Kil­ham would call a time out and we were like ‘we can do this’. Then we went back and played and gave our all. We want to thank An­drew Kil­ham, he re­ally sup­ported us,’’ she said.

JULIE FITZ-GER­ALD

Therese Ganas, Zyann Aver­gon­zado, Jess Tims, Olivia Good­win, Te Aorere Wharawhara, Mor­gan Nor­ris, Alana Sankey, Kee­ley d’Abo, Mila Gan­deza, An­nalese Temm. Coach An­drew Kil­ham and man­ager Deb­bie Sankey.

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