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Winning Way Continues for NZL #1 at Karapiro

 Both the Men's and Women's number one teams have followed up there National Champs victories with wins at the Waikato Open at Lake Karapiro. 

The event was once again drenched in sunshine, and the action on the court was scorching hot! The women's final was a repeat of last weekend with Julia Tilley and Shaunna Polley winning over Dani Quigley and Mel Ruru in slightly more comfortable fashion 2-0. The men's final featuring Mike Watson and Sam O'Dea against Rene Kapa and Tom Hartles, who were still hurting from their National Champs semifinal exit. This game delivered some excellent points and it was Watson/O'Dea who showed their class late in each set to take the match 2-0.

The women's bronze was claimed by Sabine Link and Micha Vorlova who defeated Micah Lindsay-Brown and Susana Vega. Link and Vorlova were unlucky to miss out on the final after having match points against Ruru/Quigley in the semifinal they finally fell 18-16 in the 3rd set.

The men's bronze was won by Charlie Stewart and Liam Munday over Brad Fullerton and Daryl Lewis in a great display of power hitting.

The tour has now moved to Mairangi Bay Beach Centre where the North Harbour Open is now underway. See results here

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National Beach Champions Crowned at Mount Maunganui

 In a stunning weekend of Beach Volleyball action, Julia Tilley / Shaunna Polley and Mike Watson / Sam O'Dea have been crowned National Champs at the BOP TImes Volleyball NZ National Beach Champs.

In just the 4th year of this event these trophies have become extremely popular prizes and give our top teams a chance to secure their ranking ahead of the National Tour which has now kicked of at Karapiro.

Sam and Mike were able to defeat Griffin Muller and Paora Morunga in straight sets after Griffin and Paora won a tight encounter with 3rd place getters Rene Kapa and Thomas Hartles. Daryl Lewis and Brad Fullerton took 4th place.

Julia and Shaunna were pushed hard in the final against Mel Ruru and Dani Quigley, who took the first set and looked like they might be reclaiming the trophy they won last year but Julia and Shaunna battled back to win in 3 sets. Both finalists had 2 set wins in the semifinals and Micah Lindsay-Brown / Susana Vega and Kiri Hirini / Shannen Bagge took 3rd =.

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Junior Champs Underway

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A large turnout of Year 9 & 10 school volleyball teams will be vieing for the 'Island Champion' titles at the Volleyball New Zealand North and South Island Junior Secondary School Championships, being held simultaneously in Tauranga and Christchurch.

The North Island Championships take place at the ASB Baypark Arena in Mount Maunganui from Monday 25th to Friday 29th November, with a field of 49 Girls' teams and 42 Boys' teams participating. Favourites for the top division Girls' title are a raft of local Tauranga teams from Otumoetai, Bethlehem, Mount Maunganui and Tauranga Girls Colleges. Their main challenge is expected to come from Whakatane's Trident High, North Harbour's Rangitoto and Orewa Colleges, and Rotorua's Western Heights High. The dominance of Bay of Plenty sides in the top seedings is expected to draw large crowds throughout the week.

The top Boys' section features a wider spread of teams, with Western Heights leading the way from Orewa and North Harbour's Westlake Boys High, with South Auckland side Manurewa High, and Otumoetai, Bethlehem and Rangitoto all expected to mount a credible challenge. Also featuring at the event will be Girls' and Boys teams from Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay/Poverty Bay, Manawatu and Wellington.

Down south, the Island event will be played in Christchurch at Pioneer Stadium, and Middleton Grange school, with 39 Girls' and 22 Boy's teams in action from 25th to 28th November.

Girls favouritism is shared equally between Tasman region schools Nayland and Waimea Colleges, and Nelson and Marlborough Girls Colleges, and Christchurch teams from Riccarton, Burnside and Aranui High Schools, and Middleton Grange school.

The southern Boys' title is expected to be fought between schools from the same regions – Nelson, Nayland and Waimea Colleges, with Riccarton and Shirley High being joined from further south by Timaru and Otago Boys High teams in the top seeded positions.

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