Volleyballers strike gold

NUMBER ONE: Bendigo's winning line-up at the Victoria Country titles. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

NUMBER ONE: Bendigo's winning line-up at the Victoria Country titles. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Bendigo's women's team earned a bronze medal at the Victoria Country volleyball titles. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Bendigo's women's team earned a bronze medal at the Victoria Country volleyball titles. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

BENDIGO has won the men's division one final at the Victoria Country volleyball championships for the sixth time in seven years.

Unbeaten in the round matches on the Leongatha courts, Bendigo advanced to its seventh consecutive grand final.

Bendigo faced Horsham in the battle for gold.

Strong blocking from Matt Gordon, Adrian Fox and James Winzar in the middle and the power hitting performance of Jason Hughes and James Haythorne led Bendigo to the final after they had completed wins in all seven of its round matches over the weekend.  

Great defensive play from Lachlan Preece, Michael Mayes and Hugh Molenaar saved many shots, while setters Ben Hughes and David McCormick worked hard.

Bendigo won 26-24, 25-23, 25-21

Bendigo's Matt Gordon, James Winzar and Adrian Fox all earned selection in he tournament's All Star 7 team.

Meanwhile, the Bendigo Volleyball Associations women's division one side earned bronze after a five-set final against Bairnsdale.

Australian junior representative Laura Roberts teamed well with Eleri O’Connor in defence as Bendigo reached the bronze medal match.

Coach Carol McKinstry praised the play of Letitia Lahtz in the middle position where she spiked well and blocked many attacks.

Bendigo defeated Bairnsdale 22-25, 25-21, 11-25, 25-11, 15-9

Next year's Victoria Country volleyball titles will be in Bendigo. 

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