Year 9A Volleyball Team Wins Bronze at the North Island Secondary Schools Championship

Starting in Division One with the top 32 schools in the North Island, including Westlake Girls Junior A, the Year 9A team recorded a historical feat for the school by winning bronze in Division 2 this week. After the initial pool play games separated the top 32 into two groups, 1-16 (Division One) and 17-32 ( Division Two), the young side, coached by Haymon Keeler, moved into the quarterfinals of Division 2 and beat Hamilton Girls to qualify for the semi-finals. In their top four game, they faced a determined Otumoetai B, who beat Westlake in straight sets, 2-0. Still hopeful of a medal, the young side, captained by Katie Moors, met Mangere College A, who had finished third in the Junior A Auckland League and whom Westlake had lost to in the earlier round of the North Island Champs. Focused and determined, Year 9A beat the South Auckland team 25-18, 25 -22 to win the bronze medal.

Westlake Girls Junior A started the event strongly, finishing at the top of their pool in Division One before doing what no other team had been able to achieve this season: beating Rangitoto A in straight sets during cross-over pool play. This gave Westlake the advantage going into the quarterfinals as the #1 seed, where they met Ormiston Junior College but lost 2-0, meaning they were out of the semi-finals. The Junior A team beat Bethlehem College to finish fifth overall.

Congratulations to Year 10 student Aaliyah Sina’au, (above) who was selected for the North Island Secondary Schools Junior Volleyball Tournament Team.