Will leave for Queensland, Australia in July
Boonville junior Sara Clinton couldn’t pass up the opportunity to represent Team Missouri overseas while at the same time playing volleyball in the Down Under Volleyball Tournament this summer in Queensland, Australia.
While starting this last fall on the Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team, Clinton finished the season with a team-leading 230 digs along with 92 service points with 28 aces, 10 kills on 120 attack attempts and three assists.
Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball coach Morgan Sprigg said she has been coach Clinton since her seventh grade year.
“I have watched her develop over the years and become a kind and talented young woman,” Sprigg said. “She has been playing in the Libero position for a far back as I can remember. She has always been one of the better passers on her team. Sara is the type of girl that wants to get better and is a very hard worker. It really showed this last season. This was her first year playing at the varsity level and she excelled extremely well from last year. She really took charge on the floor and became a leader. Sara was named first team all-conference and second team all-district this year as a junior. She also led the team in digs this year with 230.”
Clinton will represent Missouri on the 2017 Missouri Central Volleyball Team and will depart for Queensland on Tuesday, July 11th. There she will compete down under for individual honors and a team championship title. However in order to participate in the tournament, Clinton must raise money to cover the cost of the nine day Australia Tournament Package. Fundraising is an important step to achieve the goal of competing on the international state.
Down Under Sports was founded in February 1989 based upon the dream of a New Zealander by the name of George O’Scanlon. O’Scanlon fell in love with athletics, especially American football (gridiron) as a young man growing up in his native country of New Zealand. His desire over the years has been to promote gridiron, not only to the people of New Zealand, but also to Australia where he lived for many years. That is why George started the Down Under Bowl which eventually led to the establishment of the Down Under Hoops Classic and the Down Under International Games.
The Down Under Sports programs use the common language of sports to bridge the continents and provide a forum for athletes from around the globe to compete head-to-head in the sport they love. During the past twenty-seven years, Down Under Sports has had the opportunity to share the land down under with tens of thousands of individuals from across the United States. Some prior standouts of the Down Under Bowl include Jake “The Snake” Plummer (Denver Broncos), Ahman Green (Green Bay Packers), Rob Morris (Indianapolis Colts), Dave Dixon (Minnesota Vikings) and Jesse Williams (Seattle Seahawks).
The 2017 Down Under Sports program will include competition in wrestling, football, cross country, golf, track and field, basketball and volleyball. Down Under Sports’ goal is to continue to provide athletes who excel in their sport the opportunity to experience the culture, beauty and grandeur of the land down under all within the framework of spirited and intense competition.
Sprigg said words cannon describe how happy she is for Clinton.
“We were both honored that she was invited and accepted the position,” Sprigg said. “This is not only a great opportunity for her, but this will also help better her skills and she will learn so much. This shows what kind of athlete Sara is; she wants to get better and learn new skills to bring back to her team. This is not only time consuming, but it costs a lot of money as well. I am very proud of Sara for accepting this invitation and taking her volleyball career to the next level.”