New Zealand Secondary Schools player of the year Ainsleyana Puleiata pointed to her “support crew” when she ponders her successful season.

The St Mary’s College of Wellington mid-courter was named the national secondary schools player of the year at New Zealand Secondary Schools championships in Rotorua this week.

Puleiata, who also excels at rugby, said she was “surprised and stoked” to pick up the award having been involved with an “incredibly talented bunch of girls” with the New Zealand Secondary Schools team which she captained this year.

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