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Tilley and Polley start their Asian campaign with a big win

Julia Tilley and Shaunna Polley are currently on route to the Asian Championships after recording a fantastic win at the Solar Beach Volleyball Tournament in the Philippines on Sunday.

The Invitational Tournament brought together some of the 8 best teams from around Asia to compete for a first prize of US$4,000. Julia and Shaunna quickly acclimatized to the top Philippines beaches and went through their pool undefeated. They then faced a tough challenge in the semi-final from the local Philippines team, and secured a hard fought win to advance to the finals.

In the finals where they played some excellent beach volleyball to take a 2-0 victory over Hong Kong and the Tournament Championship.

Tilley and Polley are now looking forward to an even tougher challenger in Hong Kong where the very best teams in Asia will be returning from the World Tour to battle for the Asian Champs Crown, as well as their share of the $50,000 prize pool. Australia and China will be favourites for the tournament but with the form that the kiwis are in they will be looking to upset top seeds.

Play starts Oct 1st.

Julia Tilley and Shaunna Polley are currently on route to the Asian Championships...
Watson / O'Dea begin Asian campaign with best World Tour result

photo: FIVB

Mike Watson and Sam O'Dea picked up 2 wins on their way to a 17th place finish at the Xiamen Open on the FIVB World Tour.

O'Dea/Watson first defeated Japan in the qualification tournament to qualify for their first main draw at an FIVB World Tour Open Event. They then had losses to Canada and Latvia in pool play but importantly defeated China to progress out of pool play.

In the first knock out round O'Dea/Watson were drawn against up and coming Austrian team Ermacora/Pristauz-Telsnigg. The first set was exceptionally close with NZL falling behind late in the set to trail 18-20, however they managed to score 2 points and level the set at 20-20, but from there the Austrians took the last two points and the first set 22-20, in the second set NZL were consistent and held their nerve at the end of the set to win 21-17 and force a decider. After a tough battle the Austrians triumphed 15-10 to take the match.

O'Dea/Watson now travel to Indonesia to train for a week before contesting the last 2 Asian Tour events of the year in Jarkarta and Palembang.

photo: FIVB Mike Watson and Sam O'Dea picked up 2 wins on their way...

Teams Announced For FIVB U19 World Beach Volleyball Championships and USA-West Coast tournament


Volleyball New Zealand is pleased to announce the team to represent New Zealand in the FIVB U19 World Beach Volleyball Championships in Portugal and teams to represent New Zealand in USA-West Coast tournament in early July. For More Info - Here

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