Merici under-16s have a ball


MERICI College’s Year 9 and 10 Volleyball team dug deep to take out the final of the ACT under-16 Schools Women’s Championship at the Lyneham Indoor Centre.

After going down to Alfred Deakin High School in an earlier round robin encounter, Merici came up trumps in the last match winning 15-4, 15-4, 15-6.

Success for the girls came primarily from a slight adjustment to their approach in addition to some solid teamwork.

“As a team we were able to re-strategise our game play so that we could win the next game,” Year 9 student Jessica Kalthofen said.

“I really enjoyed meeting all the other teams and sharing our passion for volleyball.”

After a great start to the day, the Merici lost their final two matches to end up in third place going into the semi-finals.

Against St Clare’s College in the semi, the girls won three sets to nil.

“It was such a great experience coming together as a team, achieving such a fantastic result,” Year 10 student Caitlin Treble said.

“We have worked really hard to achieve our best as a team, as well as honing our individual skills.”

The successful players were Caitlin Treble, Jessica Kalthofen, Grace Aboud, Lauren Kemp, Jessica Brewer, Olivia Horvat, Finlay McClelland and Casey Pratt.