Heat's on at Glenelg for SASI volleyball stars

11 Jan 2017

GLENELG beach will host one of the state's leading events on the volleyball calendar when the SA Open Beach Volleyball tournament is held on January 14 and 15.

The second leg of the prestigious Australian beach tour will feature top teams in men's and women's events competing for a $4500 prize pool with prize money paid for teams finishing in the top four. Junior girls and boys events are also programmed. The SA event at Glenelg is Australia's longest running beach volleyball tournament.

Come along to see SA and SASI athletes including Zachery Schubert, buoyed by his first win on the national beach stage when he won the NSW Open at Manly beach in December, 2016, on the first  weekend of the Australian beach volleyball season, paired with fellow Australian squad member Cole Durant.

Schubert and Durant were tipped to win the NSW Open but had to work hard to beat brothers Damien and Justin Schumnann in three sets in the final after losing the first set.

Ultra consistent Brittany Kendall is a contender in the women's event this weekend, pairing with Sarah Battaglene.

SASI Beach Volleyball head coach Mick Nelson said the tournament would be a solid test for the athletes.

"There are some Olympic athletes competing which will test our athletes,'' he said. "It is a good opportunity and pretty exciting for both Zach and Brittany. I’m sure they will be hoping to be playing in the late games of the tournament.''

The tour travels to Queensland on January 27-29, Western Australia from Feb 3-5  and Victoria on February 11 and 12. The Australian championships will be held between March 24-26 at Manly beach to complete the beach season.