Spearheaded by our top Beach Volleyball combination of Mackenzie Melville and Alison Fan, Westlake Girls entered nine teams in the AKSS Junior Beach Volleyball Champs with three Year 9 teams and six Year 10 teams at Harbour Beach Volleyball Centre in Mairangi Bay on 2 December 2020.
With a record 80 teams registered for the event, it meant that the competition needed to be split for the first time with Year 9s playing in the morning and Year 10s competing after lunch. Westlake Girls top Year 9 team of Tai Baillie and Jaz Zanders were untouched in the round robin stage before bowing out in the quarterfinals.
The stunning weather continued into the afternoon for the Year 10 competition where four Westlake Girls teams made it through to the play-off round after all winning their pool play. Caitlin Jenkins and Sienna Shearman faced Alison Fan and Mackenzie Melville (pictured left) in the first playoff and went down 21 -10. Rebecca Moors and Danielle Pattimore beat Summer Cavender and Emelini Emerson to progress to the next stage too.
In the 3rd and 4th match, Moors and Pattimore were too strong for the Takapuna pairing and won bronze while Fan and Melville battled strongly on court 1 in the final against Rangitoto’s best, who proved who too strong, and we lost in two sets.