Volleyball catching on
AT the weekend Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Volleyball Club took part in the U16 boys national cup for the first time in their short history.They travelled to Nuneaton to tackle a tough qualifying pool of Nuneaton A and B, Nottingham Rockets and UEA Norwich, the top two qualifying for the last 16 of this annual competition.
AT the weekend Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Volleyball Club took part in the U16 boys national cup for the first time in their short history.
They travelled to Nuneaton to tackle a tough qualifying pool of Nuneaton A and B, Nottingham Rockets and UEA Norwich, the top two qualifying for the last 16 of this annual competition.
GYGVC had their toughest game first, taking on Nottingham Rockets, a team who reached the last eight last year. Nottingham proved too strong for the boys and went on to win the round without dropping a set all day. GYGVC took more points off them than any other team.
Next up were local rivals UEA, and in the closest game of the day UEA edged past GYGVC who were up by four points in both sets, pipped at the post both times, losing 25-23, 30-29.
It looked as if it was all over for GYGVC with two tough games against the hosts Nuneaton left, but the boys rallied, played some outstanding volleyball and showed great character.
They crushed Nuneaton B 2-0. Captain Josh Allen showed great leadership.
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In their final game of the day GYGVC took on a Nuneaton team who looked to be cruising through to the next round in second place. GYGVC played their best of the day to put the set away without much doubt. Pin-point tactical serving from Macauley Churchman played a huge role in closing out the set.
Suddenly GYGVC were back in the competition, a win the second set would take it down to points difference to see who would qualify.
Nuneaton picked their game up just as the nerves seemed to hit GYGVC and scraped a win.
The boys were upset at just missing out on qualification at their first attempt.
They should be proud, however, that only six months after being set up the club finished third in a national cup qualifying round, pushing more experienced players to the limit and announcing their potential to the volleyball community.
This weekend the U18 men play their qualifying round in Chelmsford, five U15 boys try out for the East of England representative squad and the GYGVC women's team take part in their second Eastern Regional League tournament in Norwich.
The future looks very bright indeed for the club and of its young players.