Favourites come through at U23 national titles

By Sange Carter

A stunning day at Coolangatta beach saw the finals of the U23 National Beach Volleyball Championships. Dominated by our top seeds in both the mens and the womens the rest of the field was closely fought all weekend.

Bronze Medalists in the Women Carrie Van Rensberg and Rebecce Ingram from Victoria won in straight sets over Queenslands Emma Burton and Kylie White 21-8, 21-6.
In the Men it was the underdogs from Perth, Western Australia that were the stronger team in hot and windy conditions. Winning the Bronze medal 21-19, 21-15 against the Victorian, Queensland duo of Justin Schumann and Byrce Poland.
Tournament favourites Phoebe Bell and Jess Ngauamo won in straight sets after dominating the play at the net and the service line against Vanuatu's Loti Joe and Shershyn Toko. Set scores were 22-21, 21-12. The number one seeds did not drop a set all tournament and were very excited to take away the National Championships.

Men's final and last match of the day in stunning Coolangatta conditions again saw the favouirtes and number one seeds Max Guerer and Tim Dickson seal the match in straight sets 21-19, 21-10. After a tight first set with long rallies and big blocks Max and Tim were just too strong for Marcus Ferguson and Paul Burnett.

All finalist were presented with trophies by Councillor Gail O'Neill and vice president of Volleyball Australia Anita Palm.
It was a plesure to have so much support from the local community and to have the the Kennards Hire SurfVolley championships held along side the main event.

A great three days of beach volleyball to round out the U23 National Beach Volleyball Championships. Replays of all matches can be found on the event website www.u23beachchamps.com and all photos on facebook.com/beachplaycoolangatta