Teams from across the state travelled to Bendigo for the annual Dragon City Volleyball Tournament at the Bendigo Stadium.
Local team Golden Square was triumphant within the women’s division two category, defeating Warrnambool’s South West Pirates 3-0: 27-25, 25-21, 25-22.
GS’s consistency during the first set was too strong for the SWP captain Rochelle Casley and pass hitter Gabby Lougheed who attacked strongly but were unable to overcome their opponents.
GS setter Chelsea Haw combined forces with hitters Sarah Tarquinio and Claire Walsh to hold the SWP at bay for the remaining two sets.
Sunraysia defeated Murtoa 3-0: 25-16, 25-21, 25-19 in the women’s division three final.
Sunraysia’s Zoe Smith and setter Cayla Fawdrey controlled their team, ensuring the side won crucial points throughout the match.
Phantom Purples defeated defending champions Hickman’s Warriors 3-1:18-25,25-21,25-21,25-16 in the men’s honours final.
Hickman’s Warriors were able to get off to a flying start, taking out the first set over the Phantoms.
The teams locked horns briefly in the second at 15 all before the Phantoms stepped up its performance to win the match, thanks to impressive serving from Matt Gordon and defence by Josh Gordon.
The Phantoms successfully controlled the third and fourth under the guidance of recently appointed State League coach Todd Broadbent.
Sunraysia defeated Horsham 3-1: 22-25,25-15,25-21,25-12 in the men’s division two final.
Horsham were able to lead early in the match, with the assistance of experienced players Tim Popple and Scott Davison.
However, Lachlan Sherger and Kade Zrna took control for Sunraysia. The side levelled the match 1 set all, before continuing to take charge and finish victorious.
In the top women’s division final, Phantoms defeated KAFO 3-0: 25-21, 25-23, 25-22.
Well executed blocks by the Phantom’s Sheridan Olsen combined with strong attacks from Elsie Rodgers and accurate serving by Kate Eason, ensured they were in control and dominated the match.
The annual Maureen Stevens Memorial Award, in honour of the lifelong BVA member, was awarded to the Phantom’s Georgie Hassell her strong display of determination and a “never give up” attitude she modelled for fellow team members.
Bendigo Volleyball Association president John Sheen said the BVA provided quality matches at a local venue.
BVA has hosted the annual volleyball tournament for more than 30 years.
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