Willunga High School competed at the Schools Volleyball Championships in Melbourne in December and came home with a bronze medal.
The school is respected in one of the largest sporting competitions in the Southern Hemisphere competing in the event for more than 20 years.
Nine staff, five volunteers and 72 students faced challenges each day.
Willunga High School continued a streak of bronze medals, claiming their sixth in as many years in the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup. The Year 9 Girls Division 2 team produced high quality volleyball throughout the week to claim the only medal for the school.
After losing the first set 18-25 in the medal decider and looking down the barrel at 13-18 in the second set, the girls, lead by Georgia Bates and Emma Leask, produced an amazing comeback to take the match to a third and final set.
It was Georgia Bates again, who stepped up to serve from 4-5 down to take the school to 9-5, which created the momentum and energy the girls needed to win the third set 15-10. Maddi Watson and Ella Simpson performed consistently throughout the week, although a full contribution from all members was the big reason for their success.
The hard luck story of the week were the Year 10 Girls Division 2 missing out on the medal playoffs by 1 point. The girls had been undefeated for the first four days of the event, but had an unexpected loss to Penrhos. The equation was simple, beat Maffra and they were through.
They started strongly winning the first set 25-21, but stumbled in the second set 20-25. A point down going into the third set, the girls needed to either draw or win the set to make the medal playoffs. With a minute and a half to go they were 16-21 down, but the final hooter cut short an amazing service run by Ella McCauley, who got the score to 21-21. The 1-point loss sealed their fate to end up sixth overall.
The Year 9 Boys Division 3 let early opportunities slip. The boys lost two crucial games early in the week and although they beat Eastern Fleurieu in a round robin match by 1 point, they needed at least to win 2 sets to 1, however, Eastern Fleurieu had done enough to advance. Luke Mitton and Luke Goodieson showed great poise throughout their matches. The Year 9 Girls Division 3 managed to win four games, three in one day to finish 15th overall in their division. Megan Hogath and Simone La Vars were among the major contributors for the week.
Open Boys were able to win two games for the week and finished 12th overall, Open Girls, lead by Nina Mathison, Miah Thorpe and Jasmin Vallance, ended up 14th in their pool. The Year 8 Girls teams were best served by Isabel Lewis, Chloe Shuttleworth, Latiesha Jones and Jazmin Holmes for their respective teams.