Bendigo suc­cess for vol­ley­ballers

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DAVID BERRY

Vol­ley­ball Horsham teams will look to an up­com­ing Bal­larat tour­na­ment with con­fi­dence af­ter a suc­cess­ful week­end in Bendigo.

Three Horsham teams par­tic­i­pated in Bendigo’s an­nual Dragon City Tour­na­ment, with the men’s di­vi­sion-two team win­ning, the women’s di­vi­sion-two team com­ing run­ner-up and a men’s di­vi­sion­three team fin­ish­ing third.

The men’s di­vi­sion-two team fin­ished on top of its lad­der with five wins and a dead-rub­ber loss and squared off against Bendigo Academy in the fi­nal.

The first two sets were tight, but the ex­pe­ri­ence of the Horsham team shone through in the clutch stages of each set and the team took a 2-0 lead.

Over­con­fi­dence set in and the team dropped the third set be­fore pow­er­ing home to take the fourth to record a 3-1 vic­tory.

The team per­formed well and played good team vol­ley­ball through­out the week­end.

To beat a young Bendigo Academy team full of tal­ented play­ers was a con­fi­dence boost, es­pe­cially for a lot of the club’s younger play­ers.

The women’s di­vi­sion-two team recorded four wins and a dead-rub­ber loss to make the fi­nal, also against Bendigo Academy.

The first three sets were again tight, with Bendigo tak­ing the first 25-23. The Horsham girls fought back to take the sec­ond 28-26.

In the third, things were look­ing grim, with the team down 10-17, but the girls dug deep and came from be­hind to win 25-23.

The game was al­ways go­ing to go to the team that could break its op­po­si­tion.

Un­for­tu­nately for the Horsham girls, it was the ex­pe­ri­enced Laura Roberts who turned the match on its head, with ag­gres­sive serv­ing that left the Horsham girls rat­tled, and the fourth set went to Bendigo 25-14.

The key to win­ning a fifth set is to get off to a good start and the Bendigo girls did just that, in the end win­ning 15-8.

With two 14-year-olds, a 15-year-old and two 16-yearolds in the team, to take Bendigo Academy to five was a great re­sult, con­sid­er­ing at the War­rnam­bool tour­na­ment at the start of the year they were beaten in straight sets.

An un­der-16 boys team play­ing in di­vi­sion three fin­ished sec­ond on the lad­der, which pit­ted them against the ex­pe­ri­enced Bel­lar­ine men for a spot against Gee­long in the fi­nal.

Un­for­tu­nately the boys couldn’t re­peat their pre­vi­ous day’s ef­fort when they won in three sets, los­ing 21-25, 17-25.

Teams will now con­tinue prepa­ra­tions for an an­nual Bal­larat tour­na­ment on Novem­ber 18 and 19.

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