THE 2017 Summer/Autumn KVI Volleyball competition, played on Thursday nights at Leongatha SPLASH, had its grand final night, presentations and Most Valuable Player vote count recently.
Both senior grand finals ended up being contested by the top two teams from the end of the season.
In the A Grade final between Bugs and Golliwogs, both teams only had five players on the night.
It was a close tussle particularly in the first two sets but Bugs won the premiership in straight sets 3:0.
In B Grade, Gems had had a nail biter in the semi-finals to clinch the fifth set and their grand final spot.
They met Help again in the grand final for another marathon encounter.
However, Gems had a few injury issues and Help seemed to finally overcome their jitters and were able to turn the tables to win the grand final in four sets 3:1.
The Most Valuable Player (MVP) award vote count again proved interesting.
In the A Grade Men, there was a tie on 24 points between Nathan Lovie of Champions and Brendan Tomada of Nads.
Stuart Smith and Russell Brown were behind them on 21 points each.
The Women’s A Grade was comfortably won by Kristen Sanders of Bugs on 19 points and Golliwogs’ Rachel King was second on 14 points – both well ahead of the rest of the women.
In B Grade, James Dean from Hulls Angels won on 18 points.
Rob Parkes (Panthers) and Marcus Luscombe (Help) were close behind on 16 points.
For the Women, Junior player Natasha Hibma from Albacons made a charge through the latter half of the season to finish on 16 points and Tania Ryan of Help was runner-up on 15 points.
A special award was made to Shane Foster also. He was presented with a Volunteer Appreciation Award from Volleyball Victoria at the Awards night.
Next season will hit off on Thursday, July 20, with the junior competition starting a week later on July 27 at 6pm.
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Bugs win volleyball title