Australia’s men’s beach volleyball teams have kept their Tokyo Olympic Games dreams alive, after winning both matches in semi finals of the AVC Continental Cup in Thailand.
Damien Schumann/Chris McHugh and Zac Schubert/Guehrer both delivered strong wins against Japan in straight sets, allowing them to advance to the finals which will be held June 24-27.
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Reigning Commonwealth Games Champion Schumann was pleased with how their Continental Cup campaign has started.
“While it has been just over a year since our last international competition it was great to get two wins on the board and advance to the Continental Cup finals. Super proud of everyone involved in the tournament for doing such a good job in trying conditions,” he said.
Hot and humid conditions have greeted competitors, but McHugh said the teams are coping well.
“It has been a good two days here in Thailand for the team. Conditions have been challenging both on and off the court and I am super proud of the whole squad in the way we have accepted and taken on the challenge.
“The wins have given us the opportunity to continue our pursuit of the Tokyo Olympics in a month’s time next week in the finals. Thank you from all of us for the love and support from home,” he said.
After the Australian sides both beat the Philippines on the opening day, they both lined up against Japan on day two.
For Guehrer, he said after a long time preparing it was great to be back competing at an international event.
“It’s been a long wait for us now, 15 months after the last Continental Cup event in New Zealand, so it’s great to get back out here and start strongly with two wins and progressing to the Finals next week,” he said.
His team mate Schubert shared in the excitement saying: “Super excited to be in Thailand again doing what we love. Looking forward to the final round next week. Thanks to everyone back home who has sent their love, we are keen for the battle to begin next week,” he said.
Australia will continue their campaign next week. Stay tuned for more details on the line up.