Volleyball interest spikes with record team nominations

The South East Volleyball Association returns this month and will spike with record numbers at Mount Gambier High School. After scraping a season together off the back of COVID, more teams than have already signed up for the new season, set to hit off on Monday, March 15.

Seven more teams than last year have jumped on board and registrations do not close until tomorrow, but individuals can still sign up as players afterwards.

South East Volleyball Association president Cambell Baker said the extra interest took everyone by surprise. “Last week we opened up our registration period and initially thought it would be best to cap Divisions 1 and 2 at a maximum of seven teams each,” he said. “But we had already maxed out after just two hours, so we went back to the drawing board and created a revised fixture which allows us to have 18 teams across the two divisions. “We are very happy with how things are going.”

Baker said the association is even looking at expanding to a third division as anticipations grow rapidly. “It seems excitement levels are really high because we have a lot of new teams and most retained from last year,” he said. “A couple of Division 2 players from last

season are coming up to Division 1 which is something we are trying to support. “We are getting a lot of players in at a beginner level, but now they are ready to take that next challenge which is awesome.”

Local sides will not be the only ones hitting the volleyball courts this month as the region’s representative team jumps across the border to compete in Warrnambool’s Seaside Tournament this weekend. Baker will be joined by Ben Clark, Chris Salter, Rob Berlin, Braydon Teakle, Braiden Hillyer and Alvin Tortosa and said he cannot wait to take part.

“We are really keen to send a team down and support the Warrnambool club because COVID has stuffed them around,” he said. “They usually get around 120 teams, but they have had to cut it back to 49 teams across four divisions this year. “Last year we lost the grand final and will try our best to be as successful as possible.”

Interested players can register at the SEVA’s Facebook page.

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