Volleyballers get mixed results at Schools Cup

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

YESTERDAY was a day of mixed fortunes for the two Gladstone State High School teams at the 2005 Australian Volleyball Schools Cup in Melbourne.

The open girls team kept their excellent form going with another win, while the under14 girls line-up had a tough day, winning just one of their three matches.

A hard-fought victory over Rossmoyne High ensured the open girls went through to the second qualifying round with ease.

Head coach Brian van der Weide said his girls had to work hard for their 3-1 win, but was pleased none the less.

'Today's game was a tough one, but the girls played very well and got a well-deserved win,' van der Weide said.

'The win ensured we ended the first pool stage in second and are well-placed for when the tournament really starts, the second stage.'

Van der Weide said the two Tooker sisters ? Emily and Rhiannon were the standouts in yesterday's win, while Christie Naumann's serving was superb.

Gladstone's under-14 team hit a roadblock on what was a big day.

The girls went into the day as the form team with three wins from as many starts, but suffered consecutive losses to Kew and Girton.

With their hopes of making the next stage on the line, the team pulled out a big effort to account for Fairyhill in straight sets in their final match of the day.

Today is a big day for both teams, with the Open team playing two key games after the late game against South Australian team Brighton last night.

They meet Monbulk at 11am and rivals Craigslea at 6pm. Meanwhile, the under-14 team are in the repechage, with their two matches at 6pm and 8pm tonight.



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