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Volleyball wraps for another season
Picture: Malcolm Heberle Cooky’s Monstars were premiers in the mixed volleyball competition. Back: Sam Goodall, Zac Clapp, Dave Clarendon and Caleb Carman. Front: Ashleigh McMillan, Zoe Upson and Michelle Cook.

Kryptonite and Cooky’s Monstars were the toast of the Albany Volleyball Association after the two teams won their respective finals at Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre last week.

Kryptonite claimed their fifth successive men’s premier league volleyball premiership on Friday night, defeating Prophets in three close and competitive sets.

Cooky’s Monstars atoned for their grand final defeat last season, winning the mixed volleyball premiership when they defeated Spider Pigs on Wednesday night.

Both nights began with the semifinals, Cooky’s Monstars booking their grand final berth by defeating Slat’s Team, while Spider Pigs won their semifinal over Little Fellas.

In the grand final, Spider Pigs tried hard but Cooky’s Monstars proved too strong on the night, winning in two sets.

Kryptonite entered Friday’s men’s finals as premiership fancies, but it didn’t go all their way, having to overcome a strong challenge from Great Southern Grammar Gryphons in the semifinal.

Kryptonite won the first set 25-13, but the youthful and talented Gryphons hit back hard to take the second set 25-16 and lead in the deciding third set before Kryptonite’s experience got them over the line 15-10.

After Prophets accounted for the Red Titans in two sets in the other semifinal, the stage was set.

Kryptonite won the first set 25-17, but the Prophets fought back and won the second set 25-18, but again Kryptonite were too strong, playing well under pressure with solid defence to win the final, 25-16 in the third.

Albany Volleyball Association held its season awards night last Saturday, where the premiership medals were presented and most valuable players were announced.

Promising junior Blake Barrow from Slat’s Team was most valuable player in the mixed competition, while Kryptonite’s Gary McGlade got the nod from the umpires in the men’s.