VOLLEYBALL: Youthful Saracens riding high

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As the volleyball season reaches its half-way stage the youngsters of Spalding Saracens find themselves well-placed in fourth.

Playing against adult teams this is an amazing achievement for Spalding, whose average age is just 14.5.

The league now takes on a different form, with two pools and home and away fixtures.

Saracens’ youngsters are developing all the time, as highlighted by the variety in the winners of the player of the match award.

In the most recent games this has gone to Shannon Grooby and Tim Barrass who, despite being the shortest player on court, has been rising and hitting the ball well.

With strong hitting from Wictoria Koscelniek and Kyle Machin, ably supported by Oliver Shortland, Summer Buckley, Scott Chuter and rising star Harrison Hall, all bodes well fore thrilling second half.

Hall (16) also trains and plays for national league team Nottingham Rockets.

Coach Tim Barzycki said: “I am thrilled by the mid-table position and really looking forward to two games against Lincs Uni and Harlaxton College. Harrison has done remarkably well and could achieve England under-17 selection if he remains committed and motivated.”