Junior A take division two win
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.
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.