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Mahindra Australian Beach Volleyball Championships opens day one of VolleySlam

Mahindra Australian Beach Volleyball Championships opens day one of VolleySlam

VolleySlam made its presence known on day one of the Mahindra Australian Beach Volleyball Championships, with varied conditions and unexpected results setting the stage for an epic ten days at Coolangatta.

The Mahindra Australian Beach Volleyball Championships, doubling as the final stop on the 2023/24 Australian Beach Volleyball Tour for the 2023/24, opened with several qualification rounds that saw some of the top seeded pairs knocked out.

Looking to finish their domestic season on a high, top Australian seeds in the men’s qualification draw Patrick Tang and Jack Gregory (VIC) pushed hard to ensure they made it to the second day of competition.

“We were one of the higher-ranked teams coming into this and we’ve also been around for a while, so everyone knows you and wants to take you down,” said Tang.

“It’s always pretty tough when you have three games in a row like we did this morning. There’s no such thing as an easy game, despite what any scoreboard might try to tell you, but we played well and were happy to qualify for the main draw.”

Having placed fourth at the first stop of the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour in Geelong, Tang and Gregory are looking to go as far as they can on the Gold Coast, having won three out of four games on day one of competition, only going down to third seeds Ben Hood and D’Artagnan Potts in their first pool match.

“We made it to the bronze medal match back in Geelong in November, so we’d love to round out the season with another good result,” said Tang.

“It’s funny, you come into every game with a plan but so much can change in a split second or from play to play. I think our main focus is just going to be winning and being there for each other on and off the court.

“Best case scenario, we make a podium, but I think one of our main goals is also to improve as much as we can to prepare ourselves for what’s to come next weekend at Futures. 

“We get to travel to a lot of nice places but Coolangatta is definitely up there as one of the best places to play beach volleyball, we’re glad to be back for the next ten days,” he finished.

The Mahindra Australian Beach Volleyball has also attracted significant international attention, with many overseas players choosing to make the trip in preparation for Beach Pro Tour Futures.

Two such players are Delaney Peranich and May Gessner (USA) who announced their arrival with un unbeaten run through day one, upsetting second seeds Georgia Johnson (QLD) and Tara Phillips (SA) in their opening pool match after making it through qualifying.

The Mahindra Australian Beach Volleyball Championships continue through to Sunday 17 March and will be followed by the final round of the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Tour, the Australian Beach Volleyball Schools Cup and the Coolangatta Beach Pro Tour Futures event over the following nine days.

Medal matches on both weekends will be streamed live via SBS on Demand, with gold medal matches from the Mahindra Australian Beach Volleyball Championships also streamed free-to-air on SBS Australia.

Volleyslam 2024 is supported by Experience Gold Coast and the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland.

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