Marlborough Boys' College are still favourites to win the Marlborough Volleyball Club's Fairweathers Senior Summer League president's grade following two wins in the sixth and penultimate round at Marlborough Lines Stadium on Thursday night.
In the first game of their double-header, competition-leaders MBC came up against Kinoaths. MBC established the early lead, but Kinoaths came back strongly and forged ahead by four points. The schoolboy side were not about to give the set away, though, and dug deep to take first blood 25-19.
Good defensive play and some long rallies marked the second set and, again, MBC just had the edge as they sealed a 25-22 win. Still motivated to gain something for their efforts, Kinoaths reversed the second-set result to claim a well-deserved consolation point.
Treefellas were MBC's opposition in the second president's grade match of the night and MBC were largely in control throughout. They played with good pace on attack and held a strong defensive line to collect a 3-0 (25-20, 25-11, 25-18) win.
Meanwhile, in the C grade, Smashed 'Em Bro produced a top team effort to beat Safe Crackers 2-1 in the game of the night. Jeff Spurlock played a key role for the winning side, while captain Debbie Kidd led from the front for Safe Crackers.
MBC Junior A had a positive result in their final warmup for the South Island Junior Secondary Schools Championships in Blenheim this week, downing Westmeat Geriatrics 2-1. Impressive jump serves from Hayden Shaw were a feature of the MBC performance, with Toby Hogg and Harrison Kilgour producing good all-round efforts.
In other C-grade matches, Desperate Housewives scored a 3-0 win over Wolf Pack and Fresh beat MIA 2-1.
Results from Thursday:
President's grade: MBC beat Kinoaths 2-1, MBC beat Treefellas 3-0.
C grade: MBC Junior A beat Westmeat Geriatrics 2-1, Smashed 'Em Bro beat Safe Crackers 2-1, Desperate Housewives beat Wolf Pack 3-0, Fresh beat MIA 2-1.
Mixed grade: Indevin Thunderballs beat Safe Air Social 3-0, Domin8 beat Playschool 2-1, Meaters beat The A-Team 2-1, Silly Salmons beat International 2-1.
Subway Spikers & Premier grade schools competition results from Friday:
Years 5/6: Section one: St Marys Setters bt Grovetown Strikers 3-0, Witherlea Red bt Springlands Spikers 2-1, Picton Blue bt Renwick Setters 2-1. Section two: Grovetown Spikers bt Renwick Spikers 2-1, Picton Green bt Witherlea Blue 3-0, Redwoodtown All Stars bt Fairhall Bumblebees 3-0.
Years 6: Picton Yellow bt Springlands Setters 3-0, Fairhall Bops bt Fairhall Ninjas 2-1, St Marys Slammers bt Renwick Strikers 2-1.
Years 7/8: Renwick Panthers drew with The Bohally Sporty Gals 1-1, Renwick Blockers bt Rapaura Aces 3-0, Rapaura Smashers bt Bohally Bullets 3-0, Redwoodtown Rockets bt Rapaura Smashers 3-0 (by default).
Premier grade: Division one: Bohally Cookies and Cream bt Fairhall Gummy Bears 2-1, Bohally All Stars bt Cyborg Dreamers 2-1, St Marys Spikers bt Renwick Smashers 3-0. Division two: Bohally Epic Eight bt Fairhall Phoenix 2-1, St Marys Blockers bt Fairhall Flip Flops 3-0, Bohally LC's bt Richmond View 3-0.
- The Marlborough Express