BRISBANE’S Iona College will be out to defend its national title in 2018, after its under-17 volleyball team claimed victory at the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup in Melbourne in December.
Wynnum’s Jefferson Morrow, an Australian Youth representative, led the Iona team and was named under-17 most valuable player at the tournament, the largest in the southern hemisphere with more than 6000 participants.
It was Iona’s first honours division championship (under-17), defeating Brighton and Heathfield, South Australia; Ryde, New South Wales; and Harristown and The Gap, from Queensland; and narrowly losing to Mazenod College, Victoria in the preliminary rounds.
Iona defeated Heathfield 3-1 in the gold-medal match.
Iona’s brother school in Melbourne, Mazenod College, was named champion boys’ school and the two colleges accounted for four of the six most valuable players in Australia.
On the way to the national championship win, Iona also won the Queensland Schools Championship, and the Provence Cup, featuring some of the best volleyball schools in the Brisbane area, including schools that are part of the Great Public Schools Association.
Iona’s Year 10 and Year 8 teams also competed in the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup, gaining valuable experience.