American duo Dalhausser and Crabb claim gold on New Zealand Tour

Zeimann and Polley win women’s gold in Christchurch for three in three

The third stop on the 2024 GJ Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour presented by Tip Top, New Zealand’s national beach volleyball tour, took place last week. Sunday’s final saw the American duo Phil Dalhausser and Taylor Crabb (pictured in the main photo; credits: Phototek), claim the men’s gold in Christchurch. Alice Zeimann and Shaunna Polley triumphed again in the women’s tournament to make it three out of three wins for the pair on the tour so far.

44-year-old Phil Dalhausser, a four-time Olympian, a Beijing 2008 Olympic champion, a 2007 world champion, a 2010 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour season champion and a 38-time gold medallist at FIVB tournaments, appeared on the Christchurch sand alongside another well-known American star, 32-year-old Taylor Crabb. The pair cruised to the top of the podium without dropping a single set in four matches played.

In Sunday’s final, the third-seeded Americans produced a 2-0 (21-15, 21-13) victory over second-seeded Thomas Hartles and Ben O'Dea to take the gold. After their bronze in Mount Maunganui Beach and gold in Auckland, Hartles and O’Dea have now collected a full set of medals from this year’s national tour.

So have Mount Maunganui winners and Auckland runners-up Bradley Fuller and Alani Nicklin, who settled for bronze in Christchurch. In the third-place match, the top-seeded team mastered a 2-0 (21-18, 21-13) win over fourth-seeded John McManaway and Thomas Reid, who made the podium at both previous stops.

Men’s results and standings

In the women’s competition, Zeimann and Polley added a third gold to their 2024 collection. The top-seeded team from New Zealand also cruised through the tournament without losing any sets in the four games played, meaning they have not dropped a single set since the start of the tour. In a repeat of the women’s final in Auckland, Zeimann and Polley delivered a 2-0 (21-15, 21-15) sweep against second-seeded Danielle Quigley and Anna Harrison.

The bronze went to third-seeded Kalea Norton and Tineke Hinton, who managed a 2-0 (22-20, 21-17) victory over sixth-seeded Kiana Stevenson and Maria Hanabadi in the third-place match.

Women’s results and standings

The last stop on New Zealand’s 2024 national tour will take place this week as it returns to Mount Maunganui for the Finals from 16 to 18 February.