Exciting Finale to Hampshire Ladies Grand Prix
Team Southampton won the inaugural Hampshire Volleyball Grand Prix at Bay House School, Gosport despite drawing with local rivals South Hants (Purbrook) and Forza Solent (Romsey).
Team Southampton entered the final series of matches with a two point advantage from the previous three rounds of the Grand Prix and although Forza Solent won three of their four matches on the final day, they could only draw with Southampton in the final match of the competition. South Hants drew two of their final four matches, leaving them in third place overall.
Hampshire chairman, Ashley Cullen, commented that the competition had been an excellent insight into the volleyball talent in the region with New Forest and Wessex (Poole) also competing.
‘The Grand Prix was designed to enable teams who play at local league the chance to assess whether they want to compete at national league level. This is an excellent development opportunity. It further provides both coaches and players the environment to play multiple matches at each event and they can work on different combinations and individual lessons learned. Bay House School is an excellent facility and the Grand Prix allows two matches to be played simultaneously providing spectators the opportunity to witness an excellent standard.’
Each coach nominated their own team player of the season. Team captain, Lana Attwood won on behalf of South Hants; Helen Snaith picked up the award for Forza Solent; Team Southampton recognised Kri Muller; likewise, Wessex and New Forest awarded MVPs to Leonie Cluett and Mille Martin respectively. Team Southampton coach, Julia Thompson won the overall Most Valuable Player, as voted by the Hampshire Volleyball Association, for her excellent attitude and great technique.
Finally, Ashley added ‘we hope this will encourage more teams to enter next season and beyond, to provide a springboard for developing volleyball generally in this country’.
The final league positions can be found here: http://hampshirevolleyball.org.uk/league.html