Waimea College girls and Tauranga Boys’ College New Zealand School champions
Palmerston, New Zealand, March 28, 2014 - Waimea College and Tauranga Boys’ College are the 2014 champions of the 46th New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Volleyball Championships, after beating Otumoetai College for the titles.
Each game was as intense as predicted, with the rivalry and competition of college sport proving passionate.
In the boys’ final, defending champions Tauranga raced away in the beginning. Otumoetai quickly reacted and evened the score before slipping back again.
Tauranga’s Burton McAdam and Tournament MVP Caleb Aperahama were immensely impressive on both defence and attack, making some key plays to assist their team in a 25-18 set victory.
The second set followed in the same fashion as Tauranga overpowered their arch-rivals, thriving from their own passion and momentum to take the set 25-17.
Tauranga’s superiority was confirmed in the final set, as they upped the ante in the final points to defeat their opponents 25-20 and win the championship two years’ running.
The girls’ final was a much closer encounter. Waimea took off with an early lead, rattling the defending champions who began to look unsteady. Otumoetai crept back eventually, however, and with some impressive teamwork were able to pull ahead to snatch the first set 25-21.
Waimea proved resilient in the second, but it was still point for point and spike for spike at the crucial stage of the set. The pressure was manifested in miscommunication on Waimea’s part, and once again Otumoetai managed to hang on to take the set 28-26.
Fuelled by determination, Waimea were never going to let the game go easily and led the third set throughout. Although Otumoetai came within two points, the Nelson squad came out on top, winning the set 25-23.
The fourth set was another intense battle, and Waimea were once again triumphant to force Otumoetai to another set. The underdogs proved their worth in taking out the last set 15-12, and the game3-2.
Tauranga Boys’ Caleb Aperahama and Waimea College’s Brittani Harrington were named Most Valuable Players for the respective boys’ and girls’ sections.