Too hot to handle Marlborough pairs on top

Last updated 10:24 13/12/2012
Volleyball
CHRIS SYMES/Shuttersport
MIND THE GAP: Tame Malcolm spikes the ball past a defender at the Nelson Challenger beach volleyball tournament.

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The Marlborough pairs went to the Brightwater Beach Club on Saturday and left with the points, taking out both the men's and women's events at the Nelson Challenger tournament.

New Zealand Open hopefuls Greg Lindsay-Brown, from Blenheim, and Christchurch's Tame Malcolm won the men's competition final in two sets, while Marlborough duo Micah Lindsay-Brown and Abbey Greenwood repeated the dose in the women's final.

Lindsay-Brown and Malcolm had too much height for the pairing of Nelson-based Latvian player Armins Vensbergs and Marlborough's Andrew Jeffries.

The vertically gifted duo won the first set 21-13 and went relatively unchallenged in the second, 21-14 to take out the best of three final.

In the women's final, the relatively new team of Waimea College's Sophia Johnston and Kylie Taikato could not match the guile of Lindsay-Brown and Greenwood, the Marlborough pair winning 21-12 and 21-11, to pick up important ranking points.

The tournament, which was sanctioned by Volleyball New Zealand, awards ranking points based on the final placings, which are then used to seed players for beach events like the New Zealand Championship.

Only the top 24 ranked teams are able to play at the New Zealand Open.

On Sunday, the Marlborough Beach Volleyball Club held their Challenger event at the Marlborough Beach Courts at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim.

Lindsay-Brown and Malcolm won the men's competition, and with Micah Lindsay-Brown and Greenwood not playing as a pair, Katie Cunningham and Georgie Crawford took out the title.

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- The Marlborough Express

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