WORTHING Volleyball Club have been promoted for the second successive season and will now play in National Women’s League Division 1 next season.
Worthing won the National League Division 2 South title after victory over Bath Mavericks in their final game of the season. Worthing won 16 of their 18 league games and will now face strong teams from across the country, including Bristol, Tameside and Loughborough next season.
The season had started well for Worthing as they welcomed new players, Tracy Hemery and Paulina Wozna, who are both experienced setters, from last year’s local rivals, Sussex Dolphins.
Cait Donnelly, who has represented Northern Ireland in beach volleyball, and Kathy Green, an experienced international player from Portsmouth, also joined the club during the season.
The players joining helped ease the pressure on the club, with three members on maternity leave and another leaving for university.
The commitment and dedication of the players and coaches, Dan Wright and Mark Byerley, helped build a strong and focused team.
The season came down to a title decider earlier this month at Worthing’s home ground, Lancing Leisure Centre, when they took on Bath.
Worthing won the first two sets, before Bath fought back to win the third set 25-20.
However, Worthing won the fourth set to seal promotion into Division 1.
Worthing also entered the National Cup for the first time and reached the quarter-finals of a competition, which included teams from the Super 8 Division, which is made up of the best eight teams in the country.
Worthing met City of Salford in the last eight and lost the first set 25-23, before a strong Salford side then sealed the win.
Experienced players are welcome to join Worthing for next season, while players of all abilities are welcome to join the local league teams.
The club has three men’s teams and three ladies teams and anyone interested in joining the club can email Dan Wright at Worthingvolleyballclub@gmail.com
The club will train at Worthing Sand Courts, next to Splash Point Leisure Centre, on Tuesday evenings during the summer, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.