A CHANGE of scenery and a return to the volleyball court have boosted Siobhan Robinson's spirits this year.
The 19-year-old gave up the sport last year after moving to university in Adelaide, but has returned to Victoria to study occupational therapy in Geelong after deciding Adelaide was not for her.
Robinson said she enjoyed being closer to her friends and family and was happy to resume playing volleyball with the Western Phantoms.
"It's good to get the chance to play again," she said.
"I've been playing since year seven and it's good fun to play with the girls and it gives me something to do with my time."
Robinson is one of the Phantoms' most decorated players, with two gold medals representing Volleyball Horsham at the country championships and National Schools Cup appearances every year of her high school life.
She has also represented
Victoria at under-15 and under-17 level.
Robinson said this year's gold medal at the country championships stood out as one of her best achievements.
"Winning gold this year at country champs was special because it was just such a good match and a good atmosphere and we really didn't expect it," she said.
Robinson said she enjoyed being part of the Phantoms' reserves women's team, which was in the hunt for a finals berth this year before it dropped off the pace.
While it is out of the running this year, Robinson said the team had a bright future ahead.