REACHING FOR VICTORY: Hickman’s Warriors Evan Shelton looks for a teammate during the men’s division one final against Q Redbacks at the Dragon City Volleyball Tournament at Bendigo Stadium on Sunday. Picture: DARREN HOWE
HICKMAN’S Warriors, a team largely made up of Bendigo players, has claimed the men’s division one title at the Dragon City Volleyball Tournament.
The Warriors upset Q Redbacks, who finished the qualifying stage on top of the ladder and had a narrow win over their grand final rival earlier in the tournament.
The Redbacks played well in the first set with Jacob Gruis and Tony Burgess helping their side take the first set.
Michael Mayes and Nathan East lifted for the Warriors side, spiking many winners as they levelled the match at one set all.
The third set was close from start to finish. Both sides had moments when they could have made the set their own, however in the end the Warriors side clinched the set 26-24.
The fourth and final set was similar to the third.
Kane Rutledge gave the Warriors consistency in the back court all weekend and he continued to provide middle spiker Guy Hickman with many opportunities.
The Warriors took the fourth set and the match 25-23, in what proved to be a close and entertaining final.
Hickman’s Warriors victorious volleyballers. Back row: Nathan East, Guy Hickman, Michael Mayes, Jack Bowkett, Patrick Haythorne Front: Evan Shelton, Josh Cowan, Jesse Jackson
The women’s division one final saw two sides represented who had not tasted Dragon City victory for some time.
Melbourne-based side Renegades entered the final as favourites, having beaten Heidelberg two sets to one in the rounds.
However, it was Heidelberg which jumped out of the blocks quickly, taking a commanding 15-10 lead in the first set, on the back of some powerful Erin Ross spiking.
Heidelberg took the first set and then the second set 25-10 as Renegades struggled in attack.
Good setting from Elle McInerney and dogged determination from Tanya McInerney kept Heidelberg in front.
Renegades regained their composure with Susie Lycett calling on all of her experience to win the third set.
In the fourth set Renegades had set point at 24-23.
A touched call from an Erin Ross turned a very close set and Ross finished the match with a clever tip to win her Heidelberg side the premiership pottery 3-1.
Thirty five teams made the trek to Bendigo for the annual tournament.
Bendigo had many representative sides spread across the three men’s and three women’s divisions with Bendigo Academy of Sport, Golden Square, Crusoe College, Bendigo Dragons and Kanyana taking the court.
In other results, Golden Square defeated Power in women’s division two, Kanyana beat Maffra in women’sdivision three, Maccanod overcameMaffra in men’s division two and Crusaders won men’s division three against Bendigo Academy of Sport.
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