On Thursday 22nd March a mixed group of Year 8 students took part in the volleyball edition of the Devon School Games at Clennon Valley Leisure Centre.

The day saw the teams participate in a county wide tournament, which featured a table format for the pool stages, with a knock out competition on offer for the teams who successfully progressed through the groups.

The PCSA teams, comprised of 5 girls and 6 boys from year 8, performed incredibly well against some of Devon’s top volleyball school teams, and were skilled enough to record some excellent results against far more experienced opposition.

Our teams were not fazed by facing the powerhouses of Braunton, Kings College or St Lukes College, and were involved in some really close contests.

Mention should go to Jack Dorothy, who took on the role of leader,  with his constant drive to keep pushing the team forward, Jack Worden, whose increasing skill set seems to have no end, and Joel Thompson, who despite experiencing his first ever taste of Volleyball, did not look out of place throughout the whole tournament!

Despite the boys’ best efforts, it was the girls who returned to the Academy with the silverware. They out performed local rivals, St Cuthbert Mayne, in the playoffs to secure bronze medal position.

The hot shot serving of Trinity Richardson proved to be the difference between the two teams, as the girls from SCM had no answer to her consistency and accuracy.

The excellent work around the court of Elize Fowler, Ella Britton, Katelyn Buswell and Alice Portch-Bowers limited St Cuthbert Mayne’s  attacking play and helped create PCSA’s winning formula.

The boys were not to leave empty-handed, as Jack Worden registered the fastest serve on the Speed Cage machine, by firing in a service that topped the performance charts at an astonishing 43mph – a remarkable achievement for someone who had only learnt how to serve a volleyball properly 24 hours earlier!

Both teams represented the Academy to the highest possible degree, and proved once again what fantastic sporting ambassadors we have.

Mr Smith

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