Sunday Tribune

Thuven on a winning streak

- MERVYN NAIDOO

EVER since Thuven Pillay got to grips with the finer points of volleyball as a pupil at the Silverglen Primary in Chatsworth, many successes followed, so too did his affinity for the game.

Earlier this year, the Grade 12 Newhaven Secondary pupil who prefers to play in the setters position but is also adept at playing as an outside hitter, continued to deliver on the potential he showed from his formative years, when he won a place in the SA under-17 squad that travelled to Swaziland for the Cossasa Ball Games.

The SA team powered their way past the six competing southern African nations to land the gold medal. Thuven’s winning streak continued into the recent Inter-Provincial Tournament at the University of KZN (Westville campus).

Turning out for the KZN under-18 team as a outside hitter, the 1.75m tall youngster took on the setters role when his team found themselves in a spot of bother at two sets down against WP in a pool match.

Thuven embraced the responsi- bility thrust upon his shoulders with aplomb by igniting his teams’ attacking abilities which resulted in the KZN team rallying back to take the three remaining sets and the match.

The teams met in the final and in spite of carrying a lower back injury, he soldiered on gamely in his teams’ 3-0 demolition of WP.

Thuven’s first run-out with a representa­tive team came in 2004 when he made the KZN under-12 team that travelled to Cape Town. In 2008, he made the KZN under-15 in the interprovi­ncial tournament.

He claimed the competitio­n’s “Best Setter” award as well as getting picked for the SA All Stars team.

“I am a versatile player who is cool under pressure.

“Some day I hope to play profession­ally, possibly in a country like Morocco which is one of the few African countries that has a pro league, but first I would really like to make the senior men’s team,” said Thuven.

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Picture: MERVYN NAIDOO Thuven Pillay is hoping to dig his way to bigger things in world of volleyball.

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