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Local stars claim NZ Beach Tour titles

Updated: Mar 21

New Zealand stars Alice Zeimann and Shaunna Polley took out the final stop of the tour, completing their grand slam by winning all four tour stops. They were challenged by the visiting US team Alaina Chacon and Mariah Whalen, whom they would match up with in the final.

In an earlier round, Alaina and Mariah were able to take the first set pushing the match to three sets before eventually falling to the kiwis 2-1 (17-21, 21-16, 15-9). 

When they saw each other again in the final, the home team were able to end the game in two close sets 2-0 (21-18, 21-19) in what was great preparation for the Olympic Qualifiers. 

The bronze medal would go to the USA team of Peri Green and Victoria Corcoran who overcame New Zealanders Meile Rose Green and Katie Sadlier 2-0(21-18, 21-14)

Fellow Kiwis Jack McManaway and Thomas Reid took the men's title, but only after getting past American's Phil Dalhausser, a former Olympic gold medallist, world champion and four-time Olympian alongside teammate Olympian Taylor Crabb. They did just that, forcing three sets after dropping the first, eventually winning 2-1(15-21, 21-18, 15-11).

After the semifinal, Thomas Reid described it as a "Surreal moment" and an "unbelievable fight".

McManaway said "To be on the court with him (Phil Dalhausser) you want to take in the moment, but you also want to play some good ball. When we took the second set to take it to three, we went, it's about us right now. So let's do it for the home fans and get the job done". 

In the final, the New Zealand overcame Canadian pair Jake MacNeil and Alexander William Russell 2-0(22-20, 21-19)

The bronze medal would go to Brad Fuller and Alani Nicklin who defeated Phil Dalhausser and Taylor Crabb 2-0(22-20, 21-12). 


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