National Teams
Gold, silver & bronze at AVC Beach Tour Nuvali Open

Gold, silver & bronze at AVC Beach Tour Nuvali Open

Australian teams have come away with a medal of each colour at the opening tournament of the 2024 AVC Beach Tour in the Philippines.

Stefie Fejes and Jana Milutinovic continued their incredible summer with a hard-fought victory in the gold medal match over training partners and friendly rivals Georgia Johnson and Jasmine Fleming.

In the men’s draw, D’Artagnan Potts and Ben Hood recovered from defeat in the semi-finals to score victory in the bronze medal match against Thailand.

The women’s final turned out to be an all-Australian affair with both remaining teams outgunning Japanese opponents in the semi-finals.

Fejes and Milutinovic had defeated Japanese fourth seeds Suzuka Hashimoto and Reika Murakami at both the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour and Beach Pro Tour Futures in Mollymook earlier this year, and made it three-from-three with a 2-0 (21-12, 21-18) semi-final victory.

“We knew that Japan always fights. We knew it was gonna be a big match so we went out there and played our best,” Fejes said. “We played some really good volleyball today.”

Second seeds Fleming and Johnson beat third seeds Asami Shiba Saki Maruyama 2-0 (21-17, 21-17) to assure Australia of a one-two finish.

In the final showdown, the top seeds had a difficult start but maintained their composure to take a hotly-contested first set 21-19.

The second set went the distance with Fleming and Johnson threatening to send it to a third, however Fejes and Milutinovic held firm to win 25-23 and take their first Asian Tour title, having finished third at last year’s Penghu Open.

In the men’s semi-final, Hood and Potts fought bravely against their much-higher ranked Thai opponents before going down 2-1 (21-15, 18-21, 15-11).

Having gone down in four medal matches across the course of the summer, Hood and Potts put that form aside to beat another Thai pair, Surin Jongklang and Dunwinit Kaewsai 2-0 (21-15, 21-14) claim the bronze.

On Saturday, Paul Burnett and Jack Pearse along with Lizzie Alchin and Tara Phillips lost their quarter-final showdowns, however their results meant all five Australian teams scored top five results in the Philippines.

Next stop for most of the teams will be the second leg of the Asian Beach Tour, the Samila Open in Thailand, commencing later this week.

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