WARMING UP: Sam Bebendorf, Kane Costigan and Corey Larsen work on their touch before the Bundaberg tournament.
WARMING UP: Sam Bebendorf, Kane Costigan and Corey Larsen work on their touch before the Bundaberg tournament. NICK KOSSATCH

Spiking up a volleyball challenge

THE MOTIVATION to make the Queensland state team will ensure Gladstone is in for a strong showing at the Queensland School Sport 16 - 19 years girl's and boy's Volleyball State Championships in Bundaberg.

That is the opinion of Gladstone State High School team member Kane Costigan.

The 16-year-old joins fellow school mates Sam Bebendorf and Corey Larsen who travelled to Bundaberg.

"I'm hoping to obviously make the Queensland state team, but we are also aiming to come through as a team and come together well," Kane said.

The selection process commenced earlier this year when the teenagers played representative volleyball.

"We played for Port Curtis and played against Mackay, Rocky and Central Highlands," Kane added.

"That's when the team was picked."

Kane hopes to play to his strengths and that is to set up play that will allow the taller Sam Bebendorf to do his thing.

"I play in the middle and do my best in blocking," the athletic Sam said.

"It gives me an adrenalin rush when I smash the ball over the net."

Team-mate Corey Larsen plays on the outside in a similar role to that of Sam.

Coach Nathan Elvery said the side faces a challenge against the metropolitan teams.

"A couple of the boys are in just their second year and have not played together before even though the players in the team know each other," Elvery said.

A top five finish is realistic for us and the more experienced players are James and Kiall Rudder and Nathan Spencer.

"They are the ones that the others will look up to."

Girl's coach Danielle Lambert said the competition includes teams from most parts of Queensland.

"They will play seven to eight games across the four days including finals," Lambert said.

"There are 10 districts from all over the state to play from Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Mackay and further up."

The competition finishes on Sunday.

BEST OF BOYS AND GIRLS (and schools)

Boys: Busani Niomanzi (Whitsunday Anglican), Connor Mulhern (Toolooa), Braiden Strudwick-Jarvis (Heights College), Kiall Rudder (Tannum Sands), Brad Howard (Toolooa), James Rudder (Tannum Sands), Sam Bebendorf (Gladstone), Corey Larsen (Gladstone), Kane Costigan (Gladstone), Nathan Spencer (Toolooa). Coach - Nathan Elvery, Manager - Jason Althaus, Assistant Coach - Adrian Webb.

Girls: Kiera Davis, Frances Medley, Charlotte Orgill, Shania Pearce, Denzi Petry, Georgia Holmwood, Samantha Pearce, Rachel Hansen, Skye Alexander, Georgia Wakefield - all from Gladstone. Coach - Danielle Lambert. Manager - Chris Hill.