The next generation of volleyball talent has the opportunity to impress district coaches when Volleyball Horsham runs selection trials for its academy program during the next two Tuesday nights.
Moving into its fourth year, the Volleyball Horsham Academy Program has produced 15 members who have gone on to represent Victoria at national junior titles as well as 17 members who have played state league with Phantoms club.
Coaches will be looking at athletes keen to learn more about the game and who have the right attributes to take their game to the next level.
Athletes who have never played are also encouraged to attend.
Coaches will not just be looking at those who have played the game – any athlete who wishes to trial and learn more about volleyball will also be considered.
The academy program this year will have two training camps – one in Mildura in October and one with the Bendigo Academy of Sport in February. These camps are a great way for athletes to learn from other coaches and interact positively with athletes from other academies.
The season is on the line for the Phantoms reserves women following a four-set loss to Renegades in a second semi-final last weekend in Victorian Volleyball League.
A slow start, which saw the team down 7-1 in the first set, was not ideal, but the girls showed character in coming back only to go down 21-25.
The second set was the reverse of the first, with the Phantoms girls racing out to a 19-10 lead before falling over the line 25-23.
This comeback gave Renegades the confidence to storm ahead in the third set, eventually winning 25-16.
The girls stabilised the game in the fourth and had their noses in front at 19-18 but couldn’t close the set out, eventually going down 21-25.
A preliminary final showdown now beckons with Bluebells, who the girls have not beaten in two previous attempts. A massive task confronts the team if it is to make the grand final next week.