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Beach notes: Americans top NZ podium, Ft. Lauderdale entries, Hochevar honored

Amanda Dowdy and Irene Pollock have a good time /Julie Fitzgerald, Volleyball NZ

Amanda Dowdy and Irene Pollock, Eric Zaun and Eric Roberts win gold this previous Sunday on the New Zealand Seashore Championships at Mt. Maunganui Primary Seashore in Auckland, New Zealand. The development used to be the general match of the Volleyball New Zealand Seashore Nationwide Excursion.

Dowdy and Pollock defeated Kelsie Wills and Shaunna Polley of New Zealand, 21-12, 21-18, giving them a spice up of self assurance going into the FIVB one-star in Shepparton, Australia.

“We had a perfect revel in in New Zealand each off and on the court docket. The folks listed below are very pleasant and the tradition is superb to be part of,” Dowdy mentioned.

“The match used to be a chance for us to arrange for the Global Excursion prevent in Shepparton this week. We now have been coaching exhausting all preseason, so it used to be such a lot for us to in the end get a chance to compete.”

At the males’s aspect, Zaun and Roberts defeated Rene Kapa and Morgan Seymour of New Zealand 21-17, 27-25. In spite of the loss, it locked up the Volleyball New Zealand Nationwide Seashore Excursion general identify for Kapa and Seymour with 3 consecutive wins and the second-place end.

“Competing in New Zealand used to be an out of this world revel in,” Zaun mentioned. “With the ability to get match reps beneath our belts in January is precious. Securing the ones reps in a panoramic nation is a hefty bonus.

“It used to be massive for us to get a win out of the country earlier than the FIVB match in Australia. We wish to journey this top out for so long as we will be able to out of the country.”

Zaun-Roberts, Frishman-Drost advance in FIVB Shepparton: As discussed, they’re in Australia this week and Zaun and Roberts and Chase Frishman and Avery Drost complex safely thru qualification Wednesday.

Zaun and Roberts defeated Simon Fecteau-Boutin and Hugo Rosso-Bonneau of Canada 21-19, 21-19 after receiving a bye to make the principle draw.

Frishman and Drost additionally booked a place in the principle draw after defeating Casey Grice and Tim Dickson of Australia 21-10, 21-19 within the first spherical and Mark Nicolaidis and Ky Landers of Australia conveniently with a last rating of 21-17, 21-6. Primary-draw motion starts Thursday.

Dowdy and Pollock are seeded fourth and Jace Pardon and Caitlin Ledoux 7th for america ladies. Pardon and Ledoux will face Laite Nima and Ilseva Ratudina of Fiji, whilst Dowdy and Pollock play Australians Sabine Turbines and Jordan Mowen.

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The FIVB five-star agenda kicks off February 26 on the Citadel Lauderdale Seashore Park/Ed Chan, VBshots.com

FIVB Citadel Lauderdale groups: The initial access listing for the five-star February 26-March four has been launched. 8 USA males’s groups and 10 ladies’s groups will compete. The 8 males’s groups are Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb, Invoice Kolinske and Miles Evans, Stafford Slick and Casey Patterson, Trevor Crabb and Skylar DelSol, Ryan Doherty and Billy Allen, John Hyden and Theo Brunner, and Adam Roberts and Jon Mesko.

Within the ladies’s draw, the listing contains Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes, Lauren Fendrick and Nicole Branagh, Brittany Hochevar and Emily Day, April Ross and Alix Klineman, Brooke Sweat and Summer time Ross, Lane Carico and Brittany Howard, Aurora Scarbrough and Bree Scarbrough, Betsi Flint and Kelley Larsen, Dowdy and Pollock, and Emily Stockman and Jace Pardon.

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Brittany Hochevar (middle) with Misty Would possibly-Treanor and Brian Gimmillaro/Instagram photograph

Brittany Hochevar commemorated: The Lengthy Seashore Century Membership feted Hochevar final week on the 62nd annual sports activities night time within the Grand Occasions Heart, naming her feminine Athlete of the Yr.

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