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Super Sunday of Beach Pro Tour Futures rains gold

Super Sunday of Beach Pro Tour Futures rains gold

It was raining medals on the final day of the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Futures at Coolangatta Beach, with pairs from five countries taking their share of the glory.

The women’s final saw Australians Stefanie Fejes and Jana Milutinovic seal the deal on a golden summer, triumphing over Alaina Chacon and Mariah Whalen (USA) 2:0 (21-17, 21-14).

“I think our result today it’s a testament to the work we’ve been doing back in Brisbane,” said Milutinovic.

“We’ve been working hard with our coaches and our team back at the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS), so it’s pretty cool that the work is paying off and showing in our performances.

The last 12 months have seen the Australian pair go from strength to strength, with the Gold Coast proving to be a special place for the dominant Australian pair.

After winning the Beach Pro Tour Futures tournament in Coolangatta this time last year, the Fejes and Milutinovic have won six tournaments in a row this summer, including the Beach Pro Tour Futures event in Mollymook earlier this month and Pacific Games gold for Australia late last year.

“Our first ever Futures win was at this event last year, so it’s extra special to return, back it up and finish our Australian summer on a high,” said Fejes.

“The team from the USA are formidable – we’ve played them a couple of times now in New Zealand so we knew it was going to be a battle.

“We trusted our strategy, stuck to our game plan and just kept pushing until we got to the end.

“Shoutout to our coach Margo [Wiltens] – she’s been in our life for five years now and this event has been a testament to her hard work. Between her and Josh [Slack] and the whole team at QAS – we’ve really created such a special environment for all of the girls to grow and thrive,” she finished.

After taking the first set off Fejes and Milutinovic in this morning’s semi-final, Suzuka Hashimoto and Reika Murakami (JPN) were ultimately forced to play off for third, going on to defeat USA’s Delaney Peranich and Maya Gessner 2:0 in the bronze medal match.

After being knocked out in qualifying at last weekend’s Mahindra Australian Beach Volleyball Championships, Canadian pair Jake MacNeil and Alexander William Russell were back for redemption at the Coolangatta Beach Pro Tour Futures.

Third seeds in the tournament, the pair delivered a powerful performance over Australian pair Paul Burnett and Jack Pearse, winning in straight sets (21-19, 21-14).

“I almost can’t believe it, they [Burnett and Pearse] are an unbelievable team with a ton of firepower and they absolutely kicked our ass a couple weeks ago in Mollymook, so to be able to come back and play so well against a world class team like that is really exciting,” said MacNeil.

“We got second place here two years ago, so we felt like we needed to come back and get redemption. This is our absolute favourite beach, the people showed up and we’re just speechless right now.

“Alex makes my job super easy, he was an absolute monster in today’s final and he made my job easy. We’re just so grateful,” he finished.

Top seeds Burnett and Pearse finish their summer with a silver medal, while New Zealand pair Thomas Reid and John McManaway depart Australia with bronze after their Thai opponents forfeit the third place playoff due to illness.

Volleyball 2024 was another great success, with many thanks to our partners and supporters Mahindra Australia, Hancock Prospecting, Scape Australia, Kogan, Budgie Smuggler, We Are Feel Good Inc and Bolle for their continued and unwavering support. 

Thanks are also extended to Experience Gold Coast and the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland for their support of Volleyslam.

Today’s Beach Pro Tour finals concludes the 10-day Volleyslam beach volleyball festival, which also featured rounds of the Mahindra Australian Beach Volleyball Championships, the Australian Youth Beach Volleyball Championships and the Australian Beach Volleyball Schools Cup.

Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Futures | Coolangatta QLD

20-24 March 2024

MEN

Gold Medal Match

[3] Jake MacNeil/Alexander William Russell (CAN) d [1] Paul Burnett/Jack Pearse (AUS) 2:0 (21-19, 21-14) 

Bronze Medal Match

[2] Thomas Reid and John McManaway (NZL) d [9] Netitorn Muneekul/Wachirawit Muadpha (THA) Forfeit.

WOMEN

Gold Medal Match

[1] Stefie Fejes/Jana Milutinovic (AUS) d Alaina Chacon/Mariah Whalen (USA) 2:0 (21-17, 21-14)

Bronze Medal Match

[5] Suzuka Hashimoto/Reika Murakami (JPN) d [13] Delaney Peranich/Maya Gessner (USA) 2:0 (21-14, 21-16)

Click here for draws and results.

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