Southern teams pleased with placings

Last updated 05:00 01/09/2014

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Volleyball Southland women's team was placed a respectable ninth and the men finished eighth after their first appearance at a national club championships.

Volleyball New Zealand's 47th national club championship was held in Tauranga last week.

The championship is the premier spectacle for senior volleyball with national honours contested by 13 teams in each gender in division two.

"We have worked hard bringing together women and men from various backgrounds and were delighted we were competitive at nationals," Volleyball Southland regional development manager Donna Milne said.

"We had some amazing wins and some very close games, our competitors didn't take us lightly," she said.

"My team are happy with the 9th place finish, but next year we want to be in the top four and we will take some positives from the tournament to build on now we know where we rank in New Zealand," women's team captain Anastasia Shtampf said.

Southland men's captain Juliano Baby Amorim said he was also pleased with the result.

"We have all come together from towns throughout the Southland region and together it shows that the region is growing quite strong.

"This was our first year together, so we hope we will be able to improve next time around," he said.

The teams' head coach, Alexandro Mariano, said: "There was plenty of skill and improvement from both teams and that makes for an exciting future for the sport in Southland."

Milne was encouraged both teams had this history-making opportunity and said the experience would prepare the players well for future nationals.

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- The Southland Times

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