Volleyballers stride through third Cup day

GLADSTONE State High School teams had a 'comfortable day' on day two of the 2005 Australian Volleyball Schools Cup yesterday.

In what was a good day for the school in Melbourne, the open girls side convincingly won their two matches, while the under-14 team won their only match of the day in straight sets.

The open girls went in as hot favourites for their two matches of the day and justified that tag with straight set wins against Girton High 3-0 and Brisbane Girls Grammar 3-0.

Coach Brian van der Weide was pleased with his team's two wins and said they have bounced back from the opening loss to Heathfield strongly.

'Our two wins today were very impressive,' van der Weide said.

'Today was a great day for us to score two very comfortable wins and puts us in a very good position for day three.'

Coach van der Weide said his two senior players ? Christie Naumann and Emily Tooker were the stars of the day.

'Christie and Emily really drove the team for us today which was very important, their experience came to the fore,' he said.

Gladstone's under-14 team made it three wins from as many starts with a strong straight set win over Eltham High.

Coach Kevin Howard said his team had the game in control from the outset, with the serving of Alison Hides a feature.

'We played well, to get a third win in a row is great and set us up well for the remainder of the competition,' Howard said.

'Our serving was fantastic, particularly Alison who was on fire.'

Today is a big day for both of the Gladstone teams with day three regarded as 'moving day' where teams progress from the preliminary rounds to the semi- finals.

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