Priory team upset the odds
VOLLEYBALL - UNDER-13s, 14s and 15s volleyball teams from Priory Volleyball Club travelled to Exeter to take part in the Coaver tournament.
UNDER-13s, 14s and 15s volleyball teams from Priory Volleyball Club travelled to Exeter to take part in the Coaver tournament.
The outdoor tournament was blessed with good weather and little wind to affect the flight of the ball. For the Under-13s team of Mitch Jenkins, Josh Lowrie, Sam Wilce and Luke Bryant this was their first outdoor tournament and they took a little time to adapt to the conditions.
After a poor start they lost their first game by one point before going on to have some more close matches. As all the teams were in the same competition, the Under-13s struggled against the more experienced Under-14s and 15s teams. They were pleased at the end of the day to be awarded runners-up trophies for the Under-13s section.
The other two Priory teams played really well during the day and both went into the last match of the day, in which they faced each other, unbeaten. The Under-14s team of Angelika Cis, Brad Wheatley and Patryk Cis were hoping to pull off a shock win by beating the older Under-15s team of Joe Fiasella, Charlie Walbridge, Dan Birtle and Olly Evans.
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The Under-15s obviously had other ideas and this last match was a terrific match with the Under-14s demonstrating a skilful approach, while the older Under-15s team had greater power and strength.
The Under-14s started well, got a few points ahead and, from there, were able to control the game with safe three-touch volleyball, defending against the Under-15s attacks.
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Whatever they tried, the Under-15s could not break the resistance of the Under-14s who stayed in front right through the game and were worthy winners.
Priory returned from Exeter with one winners and two runners up trophies, a good result. In two weeks time they will take to the sand for the Weston Beach Tournament on June 26.