Updated: Dec 10, 2022 08:02 AM
Paradise Hitters under-18 volleyball team: Back row Gary LeBlanc (Head Coach), Jessie Debraga, Natalie Gazzard, Kayley Hamilton, Samai Dunn, Leticia Lima Ferreria (Assistant Coach), front row Hailey Moss, Anna Marcotte, Caitlin Bento, Jocelyn Manuel, Kate Marcotte
Bermuda’s young female volleyball stars are heading to Florida to take on more than 150 teams in the Holiday Challenge this weekend.
The Volleyball Junior National Team programme is sending four teams ranging in age from under 13 to under 18 to compete at Daytona Beach Ocean Centre with the competition representing the young players’ first overseas tournament of the 2022/23 season.
Plenty of groundwork has been laid in preparation for the trip with the squads training two or three times a week since September and playing either in the Bermuda Volleyball Association’s Winter League or Youth League.
The tournament represents a valuable opportunity for the players to test themselves against some big teams in the United States, with their first games scheduled for Saturday.
Paradise Hitters under-16 volleyball team: from left, Denise Somerville (Assistant Coach), Gabriella Mitchell, Alexis Fraser, Ava Romeo, Isabella Sousa, Lara Simas, Celeste Candiolo, Chloe Botelho, Dominique Brown Makaylie Smith, Lisa LeBlanc (Head Coach)
Paradise Hitters under-14 volleyball team: from left Meagan McPeek (Assistant Coach), Hailey Trott, Ayshalay Simons, Jade Mehta, Tatiana Sousa, Olivia Gazzard, Kate O’Keefe, Khloie Davis, Evelyn Czember, Mike Gazzard (Head Coach)Missing Somers Estwanik
Paradise Hitters under-13 volleyball team: from left, Allison Settle (Head Coach), Raya Burgess, Olivia Healy, Talia Batista Anna Friston, Alexandra Llewellyn-Jones, Lilian Collette, Olivia Smith, Jasmin Mcintosh, Stuart Mcintosh (Assistant Coach)Missing Taurie Spencer,