It's volley well done
ATHLETES from the Gladstone State High Volleyball School of Excellence filled 25% of the Queensland under-17 female teams at the 2012 National Junior Volleyball Championships.
Monique McDiarmid, Rebekah Pearce, Skye Calvert, Katie Connolly and Kaitlin Evans competed against the country's top volleyballers at the tournament in Melbourne from July 1 to 7.
Year 11 students Monique, Rebekah and Skye were in the QLD Maroon team and took out the Championship pool title.
Year 11 student Katie and Kaitlin, who is in Year 10, played in the QLD White team, which took out the challengers' pool.
The selection process was arduous with an initial 60 players chosen from trials whittled down to 20.
Travelling to Brisbane every second weekend since February and training for their school teams took a lot of commitment from the girls and their parents, but the players said it was worth it.
"To go down there with different coaches and people, it gave us the chance to branch out," said Katie Connolly.
"I loved it and we all got along really well."
QLD White: played 5; won 2; pts 7; sets11/10; ratio 0.52
QLD Maroon: played 6; won 6; pts 12; sets 18/1; ratio 0.95
QLD Maroon: played 6; won 6; pts 12; sets 18/2; ratio 0.90
QLD White: played 5; won 5; pts 10; sets 15/2; ratio 0.88