2016/17 VAI Championships & mixed recreational tournament
Congratulations to all on your contribution to another fantastic celebration of volleyball that was the 2016/17 VAI Championships held in Gormanston College on 4 and 5 March 2017.
Results page: 2016-17 Championships & Mixed Tournament Results.pdf.
The men's Intermediate Championship final saw the return to volleyball of many of Ireland's past national squad players, who joined the Aer Lingus Masters team for the competition. It was a very closely competed game, with PVG winning the first set, greatly due to superb attacking through the middle from Florian Stefanov. But experience gave Aer Lingus the edge from set 2 onwards, which led to unforced errors from PVG, with an ultimate result of Aer Lingus coming out on top 3-1. Kieran Moran, as setter for Aer Lingus, very much controlled the offence of Aer Lingus, with Peter McDonnell and Jeff King's defence frustrating PVG who continued to attack well.
The women's Intermediate Championship final saw the top two from the pool compete against each other after contrasting semi-final wins. Munster Thunder started better and with powerful hitting by their wing player, Birgit Wvestinhagen they gained an early lead that they did not surrender, winning out 25-18. The second set was a closer affair but Munster Thunder went on to win 25-22. TCD came back from a mid-set deficit through strong serving by Katie Ward to gain the first of 2 set points at 24-23 a but clever attack orchestrated by their setter Sylwia Kraska saw the Limerick outfit, made up of experienced foreign players combined with young local talent, come out on top to win the set and ultimately the match 28-26.
Due to the late withdrawal of a team from the mens competition, we had 3 teams in Junior and decided to amend the format to allow for a round robin between the 3 teams rather than a one-off final. DCU won all 2 matches with Balbriggan finishing runners up.
DCU v Balbriggan - DCU came from behind losing the first set to run out 2-1 winners, the match was hot tempered with captains and players from both teams being spoken to.
UCC Pirates v Balbriggan - Balbriggan used their experience to beat a young UCC Pirates team 2-0, Balbriggan dominated both sets and UCC Pirates struggled to defend the strong attacks from the outside hitters.
DCU v UCC Pirates - DCU cruised through this game and were helped by UCC Pirates serving errors and net touches. UCC Pirates tried to put up a fight in the 2nd set but it was not to be their day.
The women's Junior Championship final took place between Santry and DCU. Santry won the match 25-0, 25-0.