Aussies back on court for U21 Beach Volleyball World Championships
Our Australian U21 beach volleyball athletes are ready to be back on the court this week for the U21 Beach Volleyball World Championships.
All four teams were last week in action at the U19 World Championships, with their attention now turned to the next task at hand.
The main draw gets underway on Wednesday 15 December, with five days of intense competition to follow.
Australia will be represented by two male and two female teams, with Joshua Howat/Solomon Bushby making their way through the qualifications rounds, and the other three teams automatically through to the main draw.
Australian Junior Worlds Women’s Coach Edwina McCarron said she is excited to see the teams back in action this week.
“In every international game opportunity, the teams have committed to playing the Australian way,” McCarron said.
“I have the highest regard for the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Women for utilising their physicality, backing the game plan and it’s in their nature to fight hard for every point.
“There are many learnings that we will be taking from last week into this week’s U21 World Championships, and I’m looking forward to seeing them play some more outstanding beach volleyball,” she said.
Aussie junior Jasmine Fleming will team up with Kayla Mears again for the U21 World Championships, and is looking forward to being back out on court.
“I’m super keen to compete again here in Phuket this week at the U21 World Championships,” Fleming said.
“I’ve learnt a lot from competing at the Asian Senior Championships and U19 World, and am going into this competition feeling stronger and smarter than before,” she said.
Australian Junior Worlds Men’s Coach Andrew Schacht said he is pleased that both men’s teams will be competing in the main draw.
“Josh and Solly were the only Aussies on court for the qualification event, and despite narrowly losing, they are grateful to have received a position through the lucky loser draw,” Schacht said.
“Josh and Solly are determined to improve from last week, and Lucas and Jack are also ready to go.
“We are looking forward to a competitive week with our U21 men’s teams,” he said.
DAY 1 SCHEDULE
12pm AEDT – Fleming/Mears (AUS) v Muller/Grune (GER)
2.30pm AEDT – Stevens/Fejes (AUS) v Shingissova/Khristolyubova (KAZ)
3.20pm AEDT – Howat/Bushby (AUS) v N.Phichakon/T.Poravid (THA)
4.10pm AEDT** – Pearse/Josefsen (AUS) v Diaz/Salvatierra (BOL)
DAY 2 SCHEDULE
1.40pm AEDT – Fleming/Mears (AUS) v Brinkova/Neuschaeferova (CZE)
2.30pm AEDT** – Stevens/Fejes (AUS) v Mafe/Carol (BRA)
5pm AEDT** – Howat/Bushby (AUS) v Florczyk/Lejawa (POL)
6pm AEDT – Pearse/Josefsen (AUS) v Maia.G/Leite (POR)
6pm AEDT – Fleming/Mears (AUS) v Khmil/Lazarenko (UKR)
8pm AEDT** – Stevens/Fejes (AUS) v Gottardi/Tega (ITA)
DAY 3 SCHEDULE
12.50pm AEDT** – Howat/Bushby (AUS) v Gutierrez M/Viera (ESP)
1.40pm AEDT – Pearse/Josefsen (AUS) v Netitorn/M.Wachirawit (THA)
** All games on Court 2 will be livestreamed via the Thailand Volleyball Association Youtube – click here