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Busselton Volleyball league spikes at the right time ahead of finals

Joan StrikwerdaBusselton Dunsborough Times
2.	Courtney Belstead sets the ball for middle attacker Evie Arnold/
Camera Icon2. Courtney Belstead sets the ball for middle attacker Evie Arnold/ Credit: supplied

Busselton Men’s and Women’s WA Volleyball League teams are peaking at the right time, with both recording three-set victories against highly rated Perth teams on the weekend at the Geographe Leisure Centre.

The Women’s State League Reserves team were hyped and ready from the start of play, dominating to take the first set 25-19.

They welcomed the return of middle hitter, Adele Corsin, who was dominant at the net in both attack and blocking defence.

Busselton’s momentum continued into the second and third sets, both of which they won at 25-21.

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Low unforced errors and accurate passing allowed varied attacks and they were able to stay on top of their opposition.

Outside spiker, Christie Daniels gave a consistent all-round performance and was well-used to make a number of winning hits past Reds’ shorter blocking combination.

With one round of competition remaining, the women have moved to second position on the ladder.

Meanwhile for the men, strong blocking at the net and never-say-die defence were key in the team’s three-set victory over Rossmoyne.

Busselton was slow to get their offence going in the first set and Rossmoyne took an early lead but the locals dug deep and levelled the set at 14-all, before pushing ahead to scrape a two-point 27-25 win.

Sunny Kemp made light of a hand injury, swinging high and hard and making life difficult for the Rossmoyne defence.

It was déjà vu in the second set, with Busselton playing catch-up after a slow start, solid service runs and some big hitting by Dusty Kendall saw the locals claw back, helped by a string of unanswered points to take the set, 25-20.

Busselton came out firing in the third set, but Rossmoyne was fighting hard to stay in the match.

In an enthralling conclusion, Busselton took the final set 26-24 to enhance their prospects of moving into the top four.

After charging through the first set, 25-14, Busselton’s Division 2 Men’s team were unable to capitalize, losing the next three 23-25, 15-25, 21-25, but have continued to show great promise during the season.

This weekend all three WAVL teams are playing at home prior to the finals.

The competition has been tight in all grades which will make for exciting finals tussles in the upcoming weeks.

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