The Lightning Spike Challenge grand final results for all senior grades will be a forerunner of another exciting finals series for Volleyball Horsham teams.
With teams formulated by way of a draft and named after the Legends of Volleyball Horsham, the “A” grade final saw Team Abud record a 55-39 victory over Team Yeo. The Team Abud middles began to have an impact as setter Kara Johnson found her range giving Bailey Thomas and Tyler Snowden some nice sets.
Throughout the Challenge statistics were taken on the key elements of the game and the following players were recognized:
Best server: Delaney Wills (Berry); Best spiker: Jack Hanna (Abud); Best blocker: Jon Fitzgerald (Yeo); Best score assist: Kara Johnson (Abud); Best defender: Will Brennan (Abud); Best passer: Will Brennan (Abud); Overall champion: Kara Johnson (Abud).
The “B” grade final saw the Von Steiger Shadows bounce out of the blocks early and set up a handy lead, one which the Phantom Masters couldn’t bridge.
Emma Avery was masterful on serve, while Leigh Creasey used his experience to pick up winners at the net.
The “C” grade finals saw upset after upset as the sleeping giants of the grade Murtoa Lizards record four wins against teams ranked above them on the ladder to take out the title.
A first to five tie breaker saw the Lizards come out on top 5-2 and progress through to the gold medal final.
The final was another exciting contest, with very little separating the Piccolo Nuggets and the Murtoa Lizards all game. With the scores tied at 37 a piece with 90 seconds left on the clock, Cleo Baker went back to serve and produced five unplayable serves to enable her team to get over the line and take the title.