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Nelson Men & Harbour Raiders women win National Volleyball titles
A three-peat by champions Richmond Mall Nelson Pine, and a first ever title by Auckland's Harbour Raiders women was the outcome of a successful NZCT National Club Volleyball Championships held in Tauranga over the last four days. Harbour Raiders women won their title with a comprehensive straight sets defeat of 2013 champions Tauranga, while Nelson Pine employed their greater experience to survive a tough Raiders challenge in a repeat of the 2013 title match. After a very tight first set, in which the Raiders women cam from behind to win narrowly, they dominated most of the second set, until Tauranga made a late comeback from seven points down to create some hope in their supporters' minds. However, this hope was dashed from early in the third set, with outstanding Raiders hitter Danielle Quigley dominating both attack and defence to give her team a thoroughly deserved victory. Raiders setter Annalise Vukets made excellent choices through the match, putting her spikers in positions where Tauranga's blockers were regularly under pressure, with Aneta Buckley, Charlotte Joy and Imogen Francis all making important contributions. For the home team losers, captain Lisa Claassen and opposite hitter Beniece Douch tried hard all match, but with limited effectiveness against a very focussed Raiders defence. In the later match Raiders men made just a few more errors in the each of the first two sets to allow Nelson to keep its nose in front and take a two zip lead. The tide turned a little during the second set when Raiders coach Colleen Campbell bought on some of her younger bench players, with setter Mitch Hallett and middle Alani Nicklin helping drag their team back into the second set and to take the third set healthily. Nelson's experience and greater all-round hitting power took its toll as the match wore on, and a series of Ben Glue smashes got them well in front during the last set, a lead Raiders were never able to peg back, For the victors, setter Patrick Shone consistently made good choices throughout with his Australian players Josh Thorpe and Ben Loft capitalising well, while Johann Timmer and Brad Takai battled hard throughout the match but were not delivered good ball consistently enough to hit the northerners out of trouble. RESULTS Finals: 1st Division Men – Richmond Mall Nelson Pine b Harbour Raiders A 3-1 (25-23,25-22,15-25,25-19) 1st Division Women – Harbour Raiders b Tauranga A 3-0 (25-23,25-22,25-13) 2nd Division Men – Hamilton b Auckland Central 3-0 (25-18,25-22,25-20) 2nd Division Women – Auckland Central b South Auckland 3-0 (25-16,25-10,25-15) Semifinals: Mens Division 1 - Richmond Mall Nelson Pines b Mauao Reds (Tauranga) 3-0 (27-25,25-19,25-19), Harbour Raiders A b Playaz (Auckland) 3-2 (23-25,25-18,25-22,23-25-15-7) Womens Division 1 - Harbour Raiders b Eagles (Wellington) 3-1 (22-25,25-18,25-13,25-5),Tauranga A b Mauao Blues 3-0 (25-22,25-21,25-13) Mens Division 2 - Hamilton b Rotovegas 3-0 (25-21,25-22,25-22), Auckland Central b Scorpion (Dunedin) 3-0 (25-14,25-22,25-21) Womens Division 2 - Auckland Central b East Coast Thunder (Auckland) 3-1 (25-17,25-19,15-25,25-21), South Auckland b Manukau South 3-1 (17-25,25-21,25-16,25–15) Photo: Harbour Raiders' Imogen Francis gets one through against the block of Tauranga's Casey Freed at the National Club Volleyball Championships in Tauranga. Vandi Photography
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Finalists found at club champs
Following the wrap of pool play and play offs last evening, the finalists in the various divisions at the NZCT 47th VNZ Club Championships have been found. In a repeat of last year's Division I Men's final, defending champions Richmond Mall Pines Nelson will take on Harbour Raiders, whilst in Division I Women, Harbour Raiders Women will seek to match their men's side when they also take on defending champions Tauranga. The Division II semi-finals are being played this morning, 30 August, with Hamilton men and Rotovegas fighting it out in one semi and Scorpion of Dunedin and Auckland Central in the other. The Women's semis feature four Aucklad based sides- Auckland Central vs East Coast Thunder and Manukau South vs South Auckland. Photo: Richmond Mall Nelson Pine's Josh Thorpe hits over Raiders block at the National Club Volleyball Championships in Tauranga. Vandi Photography
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Teams Announced For FIVB U19 World Beach Volleyball Championships and USA-West Coast tournament

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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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