Burnside HS charges toward national volleyball title defence

DOMINANT: There was no slowing down the under strength Burnside girls team who went undefeated at the Mainland championships.

Burnside High School have continued their winning ways as they build towards three straight national volleyball crowns.

The Burnside girls’ team took out the Mainland secondary schools’ division 1 title last week after defeating Marlborough Girls’ College 3-0 in the final.

They will now play to gain a spot in the top 32 at the New Zealand secondary schools’ championships at the end of the month in Palmerston North with a top-three finish at this weekend’s Canterbury championships.

Burnside will be back at full strength for the championships after being without coach Sam Ryburn and key players, Chloe Mikaera and Libby Collett, who have been with the New Zealand team at the under-18 Asian girls’ volleyball championship in China.

Meanwhile, the division 2 girls’ title at last week’s Mainland tournament went to Rangi Ruru Girls’ School who beat Waimea B 3-0 in their final.

Rangi Ruru volleyball convenor Paula Rule said finishing top of the pool going into the semi-final against Lincoln High School was a great confidence boost for the team.

“It was a huge weekend for the girls and a great opportunity to build strong combinations leading into nationals,” Ms Rule said.

The division 1 boys’ title was won by Shirley Boys’ High School and the division 2 title by John McGlashan College.

The Canterbury championships will take place at the Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre from Friday to Sunday.