FUSION have stormed from division six to division two in just five seasons.
The Portsmouth League side are making serious moves and are now ready to prove their quality in the second tier.
Captain Hollie Luff, who took on the role in 2009, revealed the secrets behind her team’s continued success.
‘Consistency, commitment and a great bunch of girls has led to this success – I am very proud,’ said the Fusion skipper.
‘As a team we do not train together but some do with their clubs.
‘We work hard on the court, bringing skills and sporting ability from various other activities.
‘This combination, along with a competitive yet friendly nature, results in everyone having fun.’
Fusion finished as runners up in division three with vice captain, Nyssa Jarman, named players’ player of the season.
Now they are excited about the challenge of competing in division two – a higher level than they have been before.
Luff added: ‘We are excited to be a part of division two.
‘We were apprehensive but are ready for the challenge.
‘We have an established team who are all eager to win but more importantly we have a great laugh trying.
‘I am extremely proud of all the girls and promotion helps make the hard work worthwhile, so we look forward to a great summer league.’
Captain Luff is the team’s only umpire and is working towards her C award.
She is yet to convince any of her players to go on the beginners’ course but is working on it.
Luff said: ‘We have suffered a few injuries and illnesses over the past season.
‘Trudie Luff was unable to play due to illness but will hopefully be returning later this season.
‘Sarah Tyson and Katie Reid have both suffered injuries but Sarah is working back to full strength and Katie should be fit soon.
‘However, we are saying goodbye to Katie shortly, as she leaves for the army.
‘I am sure Fusion will have some new faces in the near future as we look to add to our progressive team.’