NORTH Devon based Academy of Beach Sports duo Sophie Watts and Helen Farr came back victorious from the Bournemouth Beach Volleyball tournament.

The competition, held at Oakmead School, included girls teams from across the South of England.

Sophie and Helen won five of their six pool matches to reach the semi-finals, where they progressed easily, beating a pair from Bournemouth 21-9.

In the final they met two England cadet players, who were fancied to win the tournament, but outplayed them to take the top place on the podium with a 21-12 win.

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A team of mostly junior players from the Academy of Beach Sports made their mark at the Exeter Ladies Challenge volleyball tournament, which attracted 11 teams from across the South West.

The team were without key players Helen Farr and Anaya Evans, who were called into the South West Juniors squad, which also entered a team.

The academy team made a promising start, with convincing wins against the SW U16 squad and a ladies team from Taunton. Three tougher games followed, which the Academy lost by narrow margins.

But they went through to the play-offs and secured a further win against an Exeter Ladies teams before being knocked out by a one point defeat to another Exeter Ladies team.

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The Academy is holding a grasscourt Recreational Volleyball Tournament at Barnstaple Rugby Club on the evening of Wednesday, May 29.

The competition is open to all ages and abilities, male and female, playing in teams of six. Registration starts at 5.30pm, with the competition starting at 6.15pm and finishing around 9pm.

To enter or for more details call Denise Austin on 07773 382305. The entry deadline is May 27.

The competition is aimed at opening up the sport up to more people and gaining greater awareness of its availability in the North Devon area.

The Academy is working closely with local communities and getting volleyball courts established. There are now beach courts at Instow and Croyde and Denise is also working with schools in the area to develop the sport.