Christchurch's Burnside High School and Nelson College both won two titles when the South Island Secondary Schools Junior Beach Volleyball Championships were held at the Lansdowne Park courts in Blenheim on Friday.
The two girls' competitions were won by Burnside High duos Alice Zeimann and Rachel Malden, who claimed gold in the year 9 division, with Sophie Smythe and Petra Manderson doing the same in the year 10 division.
On the back of some rocket serving from Zeimann, she and Malden beat Marlborough Girls' College combination Jordan Peipi and Lauren Bishell 21-10 in the year 9 final, while late entries Smythe and Manderson overcame schoolmates Nicky Pio and Evelyn Wihonga 21-18 in the year 10 title decider. Pio and Wihonga upset defending champs and eventual bronze medal winners Lia Nicholls and Courtney Turner, of MGC, in the semifinals.
Nelson College duos won both boys' gold medals, with Sam Dallison and Chris Chamberlain winning the year 9 title, and Oscar Baden and Tin Zaw collecting year 10 honours. Both pairs played attacking volleyball in the year 9 final, but Dallison and Chamberlain proved too good as they edged Timaru Boys' High School pair Ratu Nausu and Jack Deeley 21-18.
Baden and Zaw beat Sam Nielsen and Dylan Chadwick 21-17 in an exciting year 10 final. The win, with expert shot placement from Zaw, saw the Nelson duo reverse a 22-20 loss to Nielsen and Chadwick in the first game of the day.
MGC's Megan Fyfe and Abi Evans were fourth in girls year 10, while Meg Hocquard and Tegan Williams gained the same placing in girls year 9.
Marlborough Boys' College pairs Hayden Burrows and Harrison Kilgour (year 10) and Theo Martin-Babin and Harley Deacon (year 9) finished fifth in their respective divisions.
A total of 28 pairs took part in 58 matches throughout the day.
Marlborough beach volleyballers Greg and Micah Lindsay-Brown and Claudia van Velthooven were victorious at the Christchurch Challenger event held at the weekend.
Greg Lindsay-Brown teamed up with Christchurch player Tame Malcolm to win five from five and claim the men's title, while Micah Lindsay-Brown and van Velthooven did the same in the women's competition. Both pairs won their finals in relatively comfortable fashion.
The event was the second in the South Island Challenger Series. This Saturday, the third event will be held in Nelson and, on Sunday, the fourth event is scheduled to be hosted at the Lansdowne Park courts in Blenheim.
- The Marlborough Express