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NZ volleyballers medal on Asian tour

Beachvolleyball medals for New Zealand pairs in Thailand
Shauna Pollley (left) and Alice Zeimann have continued their good form in 2024 with a medal in Thailand. PHOTO: VOLLEYBALL NZ

Two New Zealand teams have claimed medals on the Asian Beach Volleyball Tour stop in Songkhla, Thailand.


Shaunna Polley and Alice Zeimann took the silver medal, falling in a tight three-set battle 21-13 18-21 13-15 to Australians Georgia Johnson and Jasmine Fleming.


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Earlier, they were too good for Australians Stefanie Fejes and Jana Milutinovic (who they had beaten in the New Zealand Futures at Mt Maunganui in March), claiming a 21-17 21-14 victory to advance to the final.


Polley and Zeimann won all three of their Pool D matches before further victories over Vanuatu's Sherysyn Toko Loti Joe (21-7 21-10) and Indonesian pair in three games to move into the medal round.


In the men’s competition, Tom Reid and Jack McManaway secured their second medal in as many events, earning bronze with a three-set victory over Thailand’s Pithak Tipjan and Poravid Taovato (18-21 21-15 15-9).


The New Zealand were beaten 21-17 21-15 by Paul Burnett and Jack Pearse (Australia) in the semifinals.


Reid and McManaway topped Pool F with three wins before seeing off Qatar pair Ahmed/Ihab 21-19 21-17 then advancing to the last four with a 21-19 21-14 victory over Australia's Mark Nicolaidis and Iac Carracher.


After topping Pool H, Brad Fuller and Ben O'Dea beat an Australian team in three set before falling to Japan's Takumi Takahashi and Jumpei Ikeda 19 and 15.


The teams now look ahead to the Beach Pro Tour Challenge event in Xiamen, China this week.


There are two men’s combinations entered into qualifying O’Dea and Fuller and Alani Nicklin and McManaway while Polley and Zeimann will also be in the women’s qualifying field.

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