Damien Schumann and Joshua Court continued their sizzling form at the Alcohol. Think Again Beach Volleyball Tour – MRA WA Open earlier this month.
Amid stifling conditions at Scarborough Beach, Schumann and Court won their fourth tournament of the Australian beach volleyball season. The pair defeated Casey Grice and Josh Slack in straight sets in the semi-final then beat Bo Soderberg and Cole Durant 21-19, 21-18 in the men’s final.
Schumann, from Victoria, and Court, who moved to Melbourne from Perth three years ago, have already won tournaments this year at the Australian Beach Volleyball Championships in the Gold Coast, and the South Australian and Queensland opens.
They will start firm favourites at the Victorian Open starting this weekend.
Schumann said the pair were “delighted” with the result. “It was good to win the title and we really enjoyed playing in the event because it is such a good setup in Scarborough,” he said. “Things have been coming along well and we just want to continue our good form.”
American Brittany Tiegs and Sydney’s Christie Jenkins beat South Australia’s Brittany Kendall and Shelby Maher in the women’s final. The pair also tasted victory at the South Australian Open.
Volleyball WA Participation and Development Manager, Marty Suan, said it was a successful three-day tournament.
“The standard of beach volleyball was fantastic in the best spectator venue for beach volleyball in Australia,” he said. “Volleyball WA are very pleased with the event as a whole.”
“We would like to thank all of our sponsors and supporters. Healthway with their Alcohol. Think Again message, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Fortix, Hit 92.9, Department of Sport and Recreation, Volleyball Australia and The Sunday Times/Perth Now.”