Woodcrest volleyball stars achieve fine state feat
WINNING three medals from four representative teams is an outstanding effort at any state championships.
But when one of those medals is gold, the performance is even more exceptional.
That's exactly what Woodcrest State College volleyball players achieved recently across Brisbane.
Three of the four teams won medals at the State Junior Volleyball Championships.
The College's year nine girls led the way, winning the gold medal to become state champions for the second consecutive year.
However, their latest feat was all the more remarkable.
After a five-set victory over Nambour in the morning semi-final, the girls played for nearly two and a half hours in the afternoon to triumph in another epic clash.
Woodcrest beat Benowa State High 25-18, 25-20, 13-25, 24-26, 16-13 at Logan.
"The sportsmanship, determination and mental toughness displayed by the girls contributed to the success of the team,'' Woodcrest volleyball program manager and coach Glen Kranen said.
The students trained more than 300 hours throughout the year, competing in various senior state competitions.
That also included the Flaming Chalice Championship where the girls collected a silver medal.
The team featured captain Alana Hartley, Samantha Gayle, Chloe Thomas, Serinde Lakau-Little, Bianca Mackay and Kelly-Mae Wilkinson.
Gayle was named most valuable player at the tournament. Gayle and Thomas represented the Met West team this year.
Karishma Sandarjit assisted Kranen as coach of the gold medal-winning Woodcrest side.
The girls play on Monday nights in the Metro league women's competition.
Woodcrest's other successful State Junior championship teams were the year 10 girls and year 10 boys.
The year 10 girls won silver in the final at Beenleigh.
The boys received a bronze medal after defeating Redeemer College at The Gap.
The girls team was captain Courtney Calver-Malaschevsky, Amy Baxter, Christina Siliafaga, Zabrina Kosega, Vera Nuuola and Tulia Peilua. The team was coached by Hollie Sanders and Joel Moreno.
Woodcrest boy's team featured captain Isaiah Kirk, Tristian Selave, Isaac Fernandez Pennel, Jordan Freeman, Jost MaClean, Nedjo Djordjic and Kaileb Barnes. Coaches were Russell Hornsby and former student Shontai Pene.
Woodcrest's year 8 girls team came sixth in the state.