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Waimea Girls Volleyball team are on their way

By Ashlee Butler Photo by Julie Fitzgerald

Waimea College girls remain undefeated and have made the girls division one quarterfinals at the New Zealand Secondary School (NZSS) Volleyball Nationals in Palmerston North.

They won their deciding match against Orewa College A team 3-1.

The captain and vice-captain, Katie Ditzel and Holly Young, are impressed with the team performances so far.

They said “it is going really good, we have a cool group of experienced girls”.

They are a very experienced team as the majority of them are in year 13.

With their coach, Josh Ovsenek, they watch some of their competitors’ games to see how they play to find out what they need to adjust.

“But we really try to play our own game and make sure we do everything well” they said.

The girls said “we really lucky to have a coach that is really smart, if we are 10 points down he knows what to do”.

As a captain, Ditzel’s role is to minimise mistakes and encourage the girls to stay positive no matter what.

She said “we always regroup in-between each point whether we win or lose”.

The team has been noticed as having a very positive attitude and being friendly with other teams.

Internet streaming of matches is available for the fourth year, allowing even more supporters to watch from all around the world.

For further information please contact: Volleyball New Zealand | Ashlee Butler | Media Liaison volunteer from Massey University | 027 840 0856 |

Photo by Julie Fitzgerald


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Tauranga Boys’ Make the Quarterfinals

 By Abbie White

Tauranga are heading to the quarterfinals for the New Zealand Secondary School (NZSS) Volleyball Nationals in Palmerston North.

The deciding game was against Riccarton High School which they won 3-0.

Tauranga Boys’ College Manager Jason Spice, is taking the boys into the business each of the championship.

He is a tad concerned that they boys haven’t been able to stay focused for two sets in a row.

Spice said, “I wouldn’t say we are overly happy with how the boys are playing”.

“Hopefully playing tomorrow come quarterfinals will build up our intensity,” he said.

Tauranga Boys’ use strong tactics during games and keep things simple off the court.

They have a casual approach to nutrition and the boys look after their own preparation.

“We tend not to complicate it too much, there is a lot f nutrition in pizza” he jokingly said.

The team is looking pretty strong for the next few years , as they have a lot of young guys coming through and only a couple of year thirteen’s.

At this stage of the competition their goals are to maintain consistency and to “get on the court and do what counts” Spice said.

With internet streaming of matches available for the fourth year, parents and fans from around New Zealand can watch their teams from all over the world.

For more information please contact: Volleyball New Zealand |Abbie White |Media Liaison volunteer Massey University |0277887137 |

 By Abbie White Tauranga...

Junior Champs Underway


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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