Play-offs spot dependent on game
CONSECUTIVE comeback victories had the Gladstone State High open side in contention for the gold medal play-off going into last night's Australian Volleyball Schools Cup final round match against Craigslea High.
The Gladstone outfit have had coach Brian van der Weide on edge, beating South Australia's Brighton High after being a set down on Thursday night before launching an even greater rescue effort against Victoria's Monbulk High yesterday.
Gladstone's 22-25 25-18 25-20 25-18 victory over Brighton turned out to be a walk in the park in comparison to yesterday's marathon.
After winning the first two sets, Monbulk twice had match points but Gladstone were able to fight their way back to score a 17-25 20-25 27-25 25-15 18-16 victory.
The Gladstone outfit had to overcome a late scare when, af-ter leading by six points in the final set, they allowed Monbulk to draw level before finally closing out the match.
Rhiannon Tooker was again the star for Gladstone in the win over Monbulk, her excellent blocking work at the net winning a number of crucial points for her side.
Christie Naumann, who has also been strong for the open side throughout the tournament, produced her best spiking performance of the championships to help drag her side back into the match in the third set.
A win for Gladstone in last night's clash with fellow Queenslanders Craigslea would ensure they remained in contention for the gold medal play-off.
A loss would mean the best the side could hope for would be a bronze medal finish.
Gladstone High's under-14 outfit had two night games last night with a bronze medal playoff its best possible result depending on those results.