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#SportSpotlight – Volleyball

Volleyball is a technical game where students play in teams of six on either side of a 1.15m high net.

Competitive teams master six basic skills: serve, pass, set, attack, block and dig. Each of these skills comprises a number of specific techniques that have been introduced over the years and are now considered standard practice in high-level volleyball.

Volleyball is essentially a game of transition from one of the above skills to the next, with choreographed team movement between plays on the ball.

At Auckland Grammar School, there are currently 45 senior competitive players who play in the Central or Central-West interschool zone competition on Thursday afternoons., with an additional 80 students who play in the social competition on after school on Fridays.

Recent game report – Friday 18 February

The Premier Volleyball team played their second round of the Premier competition at home on Friday 18 February, playing two games back-to-back in hot and humid conditions.

The first game against Rangitoto, the team took an early lead in the first set due to high energy and precision throughout the rallies. However, a series of service errors saw our side lose the set 23-25. The second set saw the team lingering on errors, and while we managed to trade point for point in the last set with the final score being 25-27, team finished with an overall 0-3 loss.

After three gruelling sets against the reigning national champions, the team played long-time rivals Kelston Boys’ High School. After a convincing first set win, fatigue set in and saw our side plagued with a series of service errors and net touches, ultimately losing the game 1-4.

Unfortunately the team’s next two games have been deferred due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and will look to compete later in the term.

The Premier Volleyball team is captained by Form 6 student M. W. Tyler – click here to read more about him.