2015 Jersey Volleyball Inter Insular

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Updated: May 26, 2015

After the previously fog delayed match from earlier in the month, this year’s Junior Volleyball Inter Insular finally took place on Monday at Beau Sejour.
A squad of nine under 17s travelled to Guernsey to play for the trophy which was last in Jersey’s hand in 2010!
Over the last few weeks the squad have been training twice weekly and this soon showed as the Guernsey team appeared less organised and structured. The first set was very close 25-23, but in Jersey’s favour, much to the Coaches’ relief, as they had made several substitutions during that set to allow everyone to get on court and shed those inevitable nerves as for many this was their first Inter Insular.
Fantastic serving was a theme throughout the whole match; with Kristina Sokic serving extremely well in this set; as too did Luke Appleton brought on later in the set to serve at a critical moment. Despite some powerful hitting from one of the Guernsey boys, the Jersey defence proved fearless and often impenetrable. Wise hitting from Jordan Hampton and superb setting from Shauna Danvill all added to an immense team performance in this first set.
Set too proved less daunting as by now Jersey had settled into the match. Ed Parslow served out 5 clean winners to start the set off well and this flowed on with great hitting from Ben Kemp and Beth Sculthorp who even beat the biggest blocker on court! Luke Gardener made his presence felt with great play out at two and some great pickups. Guernsey were floundering with a time out at 12-5; then again at 20-9 but from there they had no reply as Jersey cruised to the set 25-9!
Set three and Danvill continued to set the ball effortlessly allowing lots of hitting opportunities; Appleton now out at two defended every ball like a libero, whilst Lauren Murphy found form just at the right time in both hitting and serving. The big guns came back on later in the set but by this time Jersey had the three set victory in the bag; 25-15 being the final set score.
Comments were made by the Guernsey officials that this was probably the best drilled team that the Junior Inter Insulars had seen so credit to all the players for all their hard work during the season. It really did all just fall into place for that short span on time. Marvellous skill and commitment was certainly on display.
Player of the match was awarded to Jordan Hampton; however anyone of the nine was worthy of the accolade on this special day.

Magic Touch Tigers were only able to field a team of six for their Upton play off against Guernsey Champions Ricoh; and this game proved more turbulent that the Juniors. Lots of highs and lows from both teams, but it was Tigers whose experience showed more and they were able to push to the winning post at the end of the sets.
Close sets however: 25-22, 25-22, 21-25, 25-19; and each time it was the final few points at the business end of the set that made the difference. Captain and Player of the Match Ania Rowsell certainly lead by example even though she was playing out of her normal position.
A rare occasion indeed to have both games in Jersey’s favour at Beau Sejour, so well done to both sides for bringing home the Jersey trophies!!!

 

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