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FIERY ATTEMPT: S. Sivamaran, who represented the State at the Mini National Volleyball Championship in Bangalore. Photo: R. Ashok.
FIERY ATTEMPT: S. Sivamaran, who represented the State at the Mini National Volleyball Championship in Bangalore. Photo: R. Ashok.

G. Prasad

TIRUCHI: Receiving a pat on the back from the chief coach of the Indian volleyball team, Augusto Jose Sebattini seemed too good to be real for S. Sivamaran, who impressed Sebattini through his fiery serves during the 14th Mini National Volleyball Championship at Bangalore recently.

A member of the Tamil Nadu team, which won the title at the event, served 12 continuous aces at a crucial stage in the final match.

"Siva has not served so well at the matches conducted here. I was totally surprised by the way he performed there and he has proved that he is the one for big occasions," says Sports Hostel, Volleyball Coach, B. Swaminathan.

The youngster is being trained at the hostel for just over a year now and Swaminathan feels that Sivamaran has improved his game rather quickly. "With height being a big plus, Sivamaran's blocking forms the strong point of his game. If he can continue the good show, he will make it to the National side in the future," says Swaminathan, who trains nearly 40 students of the hostel.

A standard X student of Khajamian Higher Secondary School, he was also the only player from district to find a place in the State team. "It is certainly pleasing to play a role in the teams success. And the encouraging words from the chief coach has increased my appetite to perform well," adds Sivamaran.

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