The Australian Volleyball Academy was well represented last weekend at the ACT Open, bringing home a gold and bronze in the Women’s competition, and a silver and bronze in the Men’s.
Five and a half of the quarter final pairs were made up of AVA and Women’s Volleyroos, with the gold medal match being won by Adelaide native Jana Milutinovic and her partner Wies van Solkema.
“I was really happy with how we played all tournament”, said Milutinovic on the win. “After missing out on the gold in Cobram, I was so relieved that with all of our hard work we were able to finally come away with the gold”.
Volleyroo and AVA women’s head coach Martin Collins was impressed with the women’s’ performances all weekend, saying “Overall the competition was a good test for our players and the good conditions allowed an aggressive game style to be played. We really appreciate the teams and players from outside of Canberra making the effort to come to increase the quality of the competition”.
AVA athletes Tara Phillips and Tessa Browne also came away with a bronze in a tight three-setter match.
The men’s competition saw AVA athletes Lorenzo Pope and Jarrah Brownhill claim a bronze medal, and Izac Carracher and Ky Landers narrowly lose the gold medal match to Sam Halley and his partner.
“A bit disappointing to not come away with the gold, especially after last weekend’s win, said AVA athlete Ky Landers. “Still really happy with how we played though and looking forward to the next tournament”.
Due to the postponement of the AVC U19 Beach Volleyball Championships in Phuket, the AVA athletes who were ready to depart have spent the weekend training in Perth instead. With assistance from the VWA the boys were granted a wildcard to compete in the VWA State Tour, with AVA beach athlete Caleb Lampard and his partner victorious over fellow AVA beach athlete Tom Dempsey and QAS athlete Ben Booth in the gold medal match.
Next up for the AVA athletes is the AVBT Finals, the AJBVC and the FIVB World Tour event in Coolangatta.
The primary objective of the Australian Volleyball Academy (AVA) is to identify and develop Olympic potential athletes for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball. It is the High-Performance Development Program for volleyball and beach volleyball athletes who aspire to reach the elite level of their sport.
For more information about the AVA, please visit the website: http://www.volleyballaustralia.org.au/page/what-is-ava