Three Haverhill teams reach Suffolk schools volleyball finals

Castle Manor Academy's year 11 boys and girls volleyball teams ANL-141217-100455006
Castle Manor Academy's year 11 boys and girls volleyball teams ANL-141217-100455006
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Three volleyball teams from Haverhill have reached Suffolk schools finals, with one becoming champions and the others runner-up.

Team leader for PE and volleyball aficionado Rob Dovaston said: “To have three teams reach their respective finals was awesome.

“The girls are a class act, no one can match them in this county. The hard yards they put in at 7.30am really paid dividends.

The year 11 girls team, captained by East of England hitter Dominika Szary, who were county champions last year, had an early wobble against Thurston, changing ends at 8-6, before coming through 15-12.

Other group wins came against St Albans, Thomas Mills and County Upper.

The final saw them exact some revenge for the boys, beating Farlingaye comprehensively 25-15.

They are now unbeaten in 13 matches over the last two years.

The year ten boys came through matches against County Upper, Alexander’s College, Coppleston (Ipswich), St Albans and Stowmarket to reach the final against King Edward VI Grammar School.

After a tense game, Castle Manor lost out 25-12 but snatched the runners-up slot.

The year 11 boys overcame Thurston, Alexander’s College and County Upper in their qualifying group, and lost a close final 25-22 to Farlingaye.

The players have honed their skills through regular early morning and lunchtime practices, as well as several of them joining local club, Haverhill Hornets.

Mr Dovaston added: “The squad spirit was crucial too, cheering each other on to success. I hope many more young, and not so young, people take up the opportunity to play with the Hornets, which meet from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesdays at Castle Manor Academy.”