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New Zealand's Secondary School Nationals come to an end

 
Burton McAdam from Tauranga Boys College tries to break a triple Western Heights block in the Boys' first division Final
Auckland, New Zealand, March 22, 2013 – Otumoetai College Girls’ A beat Christchurch Girls’ High School 3-1, and Tauranga Boys’ College A defeated Western Heights High School 3-0 to win the 2013 New Zealand Secondary School Volleyball Nationals.

Both matches were intense, as predicted, with the crowd greatly contributing to the fiery atmosphere on court.
 
In the girls’ final, Otumoetai won the first set 25-20 but Christchurch Girls’ High fought back with another tight set, in the end taking it 25-22. The next set proved to be even more competitive with Otumoetai edging Christchurch 28-26. Though Christchurch put up a gutsy performance, they were unable to sustain their challenge and Otumoetai took the fourth set 25-20.

The boys’ final saw Tauranga Boys earn an early lead. However, the match quickly became a tight one with never more than two points separating the teams. Tauranga finally clinched the first set 26-24. The second set was just as close early on, but Tauranga pulled ahead, securing a 25-17 win. The third set saw some stellar volleyball, with both teams pulling out all the stops in a desperate effort to win the set. In the end, Tauranga proved superior, grabbing the set 25-19.
 
The 2013 Championships featured 2,000 players and team officials in 143 teams.
 
The games marked the end of a very successful 45th National Schools Championships, with record entries at a time when volleyball is proving popular at youth level in the country.
 
Results:
Boys 1st Division Final: Tauranga Boys College A bt. Western heights HS 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-19);
Bronze Playoff:  Nelson College bt. Otumoetai College A 3-1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-17)
 
Girls 1st Division Final: Otumoetai College A bt. Christchurch GHS 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 28-26, 25-20);
Bronze Playoff:  Marlborough Girls College bt. Westlake GHS 3-0 (25-17,27-25, 25-22)
 
Boys 2nd Division Final: Tikipunga HS bt.  Waimea College A 3-2 (21-25, 25-16, 25-22, 24-26, 15-11);
Bronze Playoff:  Hamilton Boys High bt. Naylands College 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-15)
 
Girls 2nd Division Final: Rangitoto College A bt. Hastings GHS 3-1 (24-26, 25-16, 25-23, 25-21);
Bronze Playoff:  Bethlehem College A bt. Nayland College A 3-1 (25-20, 14-25, 25-21, 25-19)
 
Boys 3rd Division Final: Manurewa HS bt. Waimea College B 3-2 (25-16, 25-21, 19-25, 11-25, 15-7);
Bronze Playoff: Taita College bt. Middleton Grange School 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-9)
Girls 3rd Division Final: Sir Ed Hillary Collegiate bt. Havelock North HS 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-19);
Bronze Playoff:  Newlands College bt. Chilton St James School 3-1 (26-24, 25-18, 11-25, 25-18)
 
Boys 4th Division Final: Riccarton HS B bt. Porirua 3-1 (25-23, 25-15, 15-25, 25-16);
Bronze Playoff:  Rutherford College bt. Spotswood College 3-2 (14-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 15-8)
Girls 4th Division Final: Spotswood College bt. Burnside HS B 3-1 (25-10, 25-22, 17-25, 25-12);
Bronze Playoff:  Wellington Girls College bt. Taradale HS A 3-1 (25-14, 19-25, 25-22, 25-22)
 
Girls 5th Division Final: Rangitoto College B bt. Woodford House 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-20);
Bronze Playoff: St Catherines College bt. Tikipunga HS B 3-1 (25-21, 25-15, 17-25, 25-21)




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