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Geelong Seaside Volleyfest is gearing up for 5 days of worldwide motion because the Seaside Professional Tour arrives at Rippleside Seaside from Wednesday morning. Groups from Australia will do battle with these from around the globe as they appear to earn very important world rankings factors.
World No.9 ranked workforce Zac Schubert and Tom Hodges lead the Aussie cost within the males’s draw alongside Mark Nicolaidis and Izac Carracher who’re contemporary off a fourth place end on the Seaside Professional Tour in Thailand on Sunday.
Following their breakthrough efficiency in Chiang Mai, Carracher stated the pair had been wanting ahead to placing in a robust efficiency in entrance of a parochial dwelling crowd.
“We’re actually excited to get again on dwelling soil,” he stated. “Mark and I began our journey within the Coolangatta Futures final yr.
“We are able to’t wait to play at dwelling once more.”
Georgia Johnson and Jasmine Fleming enter the ladies’s draw because the top-ranked Australian workforce, and are driving excessive after 5 straight wins delivered them the Australian Seaside Volleyball Tour title over the weekend.
Kayla Mears and Tara Phillips completed fourth within the Australian Seaside Volleyball Tour occasion final weekend and are Australia’s second highest-ranked workforce within the ladies’s draw.
Geelong-raised Stef Weiler is reuniting with Bec Ingram this week, the pair having claimed bronze on the Australian Championships in March.
4 Australian groups are already in each the boys’s and girls’s foremost attracts with one other 11 combos attempting to play their approach in by way of qualifying.
A type of ladies’s groups is Phoebe Bell and Caitlin Bettenay who completed third within the Australian Seaside Volleyball Tour final weekend, their solely two losses coming in opposition to the gold and silver medallists.
Bell, an Australian Champion in 2022, stated her mixture with Bettenay has renewed her ardour for the sport forward of this week’s occasion.
“I’m simply loving enjoying volleyball once more,” she stated. “I’m actually having fun with enjoying with Caitlin and being again dwelling enjoying in Australia in entrance of my family and friends once more.
The Seaside Professional Tour begins Wednesday 9am AEDT at Rippleside Seaside and entry to all courts is FREE all through Geelong Seaside Volleyfest 2023.
The event will probably be streamed dwell by way of SBS On Demand from Saturday 2pm AEDT with the Quarter-Finals, whereas the Semi-Finals and Medal Matches will probably be streamed from Sunday 8:30am AEDT.
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