Top seeds take the wins

Last updated 13:00 07/02/2013

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The top seeds confirmed their standings with wins in both the men's and women's open divisions at yesterday's Port Nelson Tasman Open beach volleyball championships at Tahunanui.

Greg Lindsay-Brown and Pat Shone ran true to form in winning the Port Nelson men's open title, while Micah Lindsay-Brown matched her husband in joining with Claudia Van Velthooven to take the victory in the ASB women's open.

Lindsay-Brown and Shone finished top of pool play in the men's division to set up a semifinal clash with Armins Vensbergs and Andrew Jeffries who had won their final pool match to make the playoffs.

The top seeds won their semifinal 2-0, with fourth seeds Jack Robb and New Zealand under-19 player Monty Brosnahan upsetting third seeds Harry Fergusson and James Anderson, both under-17 representatives, 2-1 in their semifinal after winning the third set 11-8.

Lindsay-Brown and Shone completed another 2-0 win in the final, beating Brosnahan and Robb 21-13 21-13 to secure the title.

In the women's final, Lindsay-Brown and Van Velthooven faced determined opposition from under-17 New Zealand beach representatives Ellie Bell and Gabby Edmundson before securing a 2-0 win.

Rosie Bywater and Sophia Johnston beat Julia Thompsett and Sophie Daines 2-0 to finish third.

Jacob King and Nikau Webster beat Zaw Tin and Mitchell Faulkner 2-0 to win the Stirling Sports under-16 boys' title, the boys playing in a power pool with the under-16 girls teams before splitting off to play the final.

The Cap-It-All under-16 girls title went to Abbey Jessop and Tanika Langbridge after they secured a 2-1 upset win over top seeds Katie Ditzel and Hannah Davenhill. Jessop and Langbridge had beaten Holly Mace and Caroline Schurmann 2-0 in the semifinals, while the top seeds had earned a bye directly into the final.

Sam Adams and Chris Chamberlain won the 623 on the Rocks social 2s division involving three teams in a double round-robin competition and final.

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- The Nelson Mail

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