THE Trident High School girls A volleyball team of (standing from left) Maia Westrupp (coach), Taylah Cousins, Anamia Paul, Reyce Kururangi, Jasmine Westrupp, Abbie Wilson, Shakira McDonald and (front from left) Coralee Graham, Nikeal Williams, Kalani Ruri, Rosie Perfect and Paris Karaka.Photo supplied

TWO Opotiki players were part of Trident High School’s bronze medal winning team at the 2019 New Zealand Secondary School Volleyball Championships last week.

Opotiki’s Anamia Paul and Nikeal Williams play for Trident High’s senior A girls volleyball team that placed third overall at the nationals played in Palmerston North last week.

Among the team is Wainui-based team-mate Shakira McDonald. The nationals comprised more than 160 teams across five divisions.

Fresh from winning the Bay Champs Secondary School’s title, Trident girls A team, coached by Maia Westrupp, beat Tauranga Girls College A in the quarter-final (25-18, 20-25, 25-20, 25-21). However, a loss in the semi-final to eventual New Zealand champions Westlake Girls High School A team, three sets to nil (25-11, 25-12, 25-15) put them into the third and fourth playoff.

In the girls division one bronze medal match, the Trident girls A team beat St Andrews College A in a four set match (25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-22).

The strength of Eastern Bay volleyball is evident with the Trident boys A team also placing third overall in division one and the Bay Champs runners-up Whakatane High School’s girls

A team taking fifth overall in division one.

Capping off the performance were four tournament team selections of Eastern Bay players Caitlin Studer (Whakatane) and Kalani Ruri, Chicane Paniora and Jack Oswald (Trident).