Issued: May 17, 2016
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Under-15s compete in national volleyball finals
The Boswells School Under-15 boys reached the final of the national Under-15s volleyball competition while the girls reached the semi-final when they played in Loughborough last weekend.
The competition comprised the top six teams in the country for both boys and girls.
The boys showed real class in beating Ernest Bevin 2-0 and Newcastle Staffs 2-0.
Coach Darren Lewis had the opportunity to play his whole squad in the matches fully demonstrating the depth of talent.
In the semi-final Boswells faced the unorthodox playing style of Richmond who had very intelligent hitters. Boswells coped admirably with the challenge and won 2-0 again, reaching the final without dropping any sets along the way.
In the final they played Ernest Bevin who they had previously beaten but qualified second in their group.
Boswells again dominated proceedings winning the first set however nerves started to affect their performance in the second set and they eventually lost a very close set.
In the deciding set some costly service errors and an improved Bevin performance meant Boswells lost the set and championship 15-11.
It was a tough loss for the boys who had played so well throughout the day.
The girls had a tough act to follow however had trained really well and went into the finals with great confidence.
The girls won both their group matches 2-0 however both were tight and nervous affairs against Richmond and Salford.
With confidence high they went into the semi-final against the Beach Academy from Devon with both teams featuring two England Cadet players.
Boswells won the first set 25-22 but lost the next struggling with the academyâ€™s hitting power. In the deciding set the girls got stuck on one rotation through powerful serving and lost their chance to reach a national final.
Head coach Darren Lewis said: "I am exceptionally proud of all of their performances. It was the highest position the girls have achieved in four years, since winning the u18 title and the boys have now been in 11 straight u15 national finals which I think is exceptional.
"The disappointing thing for the boys was that they beat the champions in the pool earlier on in the day 2-0 and were one set up in the final."
Both teams have made significant progress thanks to the coaching team of Rebecca Saunders, Rachel Laybourne, Darren Lewis and Sara Heaton.
U15 Boys Final Position National Runners-Up: Adam Ketley, Andrew Wood, Tom Haydon, Owen Swann, Tommy Dixon Hodge, Emanuel Oni, Harry Arnold, Connor Reeve, Max Norton Steel, Luke Mundorfer, Jake Knight.
U15 Girls Final Position National Semi Final: Hollie Bentley, Georgia Boden, Annie Russell, Emily Wilton, Ella Chilvers, Shayna Muhita, Lucy Bluck, Hollie Smith.