STRONG SQUAD NAMED FOR BENDIGO GRAND PRIX

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WINZER NAMES STRONG SQUAD FOR GRAND PRIX 

Six Victorians, including home-grown volleyball star Karley Hynes, have been named in a 14-player Australian squad to compete at the upcoming Women’s Volleyball Grand Prix in Bendigo in June.

The HelloWorld Volleyroos will take on Sydney Olympic gold medallists Cuba, Colombia and Croatia in the prestigious event from June 3 until June 5.

The team will be captained by Victoria’s Shae Sloane, the sister of AFL star Rory, and is dominated by Victorian players.

24-year-old Hynes, who was raised in Maiden Gully and spent her teenage years in Bendigo, has already represented Australia in netball and beach volleyball, and has been a member of the Australian indoor team since 2014.

Australian coach Shannon Winzer said the squad will give a strong showing in Bendigo.

“This year's Grand Prix team is a good mix of experience and fresh young talent,” Winzer said.

“I think the team is very exciting because they have an amazing work ethic and the competitive drive we're looking for heading into international competition.

“Every time we get together the team improves, and this year we have a good lead up to round one with not only a full training schedule but practice matches against University of New Mexico, New Zealand and Croatia, so we anticipate the team will peak at the right time.”

The full squad for Bendigo is;

  • Shae Sloane – setter – (VIC) - Captain
  • Sophie Paine – setter – (VIC)
  • Karley Hynes – pass hitter – (VIC)
  • Jaimee-Lee Morrow – pass hitter – (VIC)
  • Rebecca Reeves – pass hitter – (SA)
  • Hannah Martin – pass hitter – (VIC)
  • Jen Sadler – opposite – (WA)
  • Caitlin Bettenay – pass hitter – (QLD)
  • Jessica Croucher – pass hitter – (QLD) (Bendigo only)
  • Sophie Godfrey – middle – (WA)
  • Beth Carey – middle – (SA)
  • Rhiannon Watt – middle – (VIC)
  • Alice De Innocentiis – libero – (NSW)
  • Danusia Sipa-Borgeaud – libero – (ACT)

Head Coach: Shannon Winzer

Assistant 1: Lauren Bertolacci

Assistant 2: Jenny Becker (Bendigo only)

Team Manager: Chau Le

Physiotherapist: Henry Tram

Head of Delegation/Mentor Coach:  Russ Borgeaud (Bendigo only)

The squad, minus back-up libero Sipa-Borgeaud and pass hitter Croucher, will head to Colombia the following weekend for the second leg of the World Grand Prix circuit.

More glory for Australian beach pair on Asian tour

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MORE GLORY FOR AUSTRALIAN BEACH PAIR ON ASIAN TOUR

Australian beach volleyballers Nicole Laird and Mariafe Artacho del Solar have won their third Asian title in four outings with a straight sets win in the Tuan Chau Ha Long Open in Vietnam.

Laird and del Solar beat New Zealand’s Julia Tilley and Alice Bain 21-12, 21-17 to add the Vietnam title to wins in Thailand and Indonesia.

Their only defeat during their Asian tour came at the hands of fellow HelloWorld Volleyroos, Becchara Palmer and Phoebe Bell, at the Palembang Open in Indonesia one week ago.

Palmer and Bell finished the Ha Long Open in fifth position.

“The goals for us before our Asian tour were to practice being and playing a certain way, regardless of who was on the other side of the net or what pressures were around,” Laird said.

“I think for the most part we achieved that. In the moments that we didn’t, a lot of lessons have been learned.”

Laird and del Solar are the reigning World U23 Champions, and will attempt to qualify for this year’s Olympics when they contest the Asian Olympic qualifiers in Cairns in June.

In March they finished runners-up to China’s Chen Xue and Xinyi Xia at the Asian Championships at Sydney’s Manly Beach.

The Chinese pair are likely to start favourites for the Olympic qualifier, and Laird knows it will be a challenge.

“We still have a lot more growth left and a lot of lessons to learn as a team before Cairns, but we faced a few of the top teams in the past few weeks and it gives us the confidence we can keep moving in the right direction,” she said.

“We’re very excited that the tournament will be held in Cairns. It isn’t a city that has had too much domestic or international volleyball attention, so we’re keen to check it out and play in front of a home crowd.”

Cairns to host Olympic beach volleyball qualifier

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Cairns to host Olympic volleyball qualifier

27 April 2016

A major Olympic Games qualifying event will bring the Asia-Pacific region’s best international volleyball talent to Cairns in June.

Volleyball Australia has today announced that the AVC Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final will be played on the Cairns Esplanade on 20-26 June.

Mayor Bob Manning said the event was expected to attract 64 teams from eight countries, along with officials and supporters.

“This tournament is a direct qualifier for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which means we’ll be watching the absolute cream of the sport in action,” Cr Manning said.

“It will be broadcast into 800 million homes in Australia and Asia and help to grow the fantastic sport of volleyball in North Queensland. We thank Volleyball Australia for selecting Cairns to host this event.”

HelloWorld Volleyball Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mathieu Meriaux, said it was exciting to be bringing such a major event to Far North Queensland.

“Volleyball Australia is thrilled to bring world-class beach volleyball to Cairns, with the opportunity for Far North Queensland to witness not only the best HelloWorld Volleyroos, but also the best players from throughout Asia,” Mr Meriaux said.

“We are very grateful for the support shown already by Mayor Bob Manning and the Cairns Regional Council, and believe this will be the start of a long and exciting relationship between Cairns and one of Australia’s most popular sports.

“It is particularly exciting that Cairns will be the launch point for Asia’s best beach volleyballers on their way to the sands of Copacabana Beach.”

Cairns Regional Council supported the bid with a $150,000 contribution, which includes the provision of two specially-built show courts to be constructed adjacent to the existing Esplanade courts.

Six hundred cubic metres of sand will be brought in to create the 30m x 50m courts, which will be accompanied by a 1000-seat temporary grandstand.

Cr Manning said the investment was a good fit for the city.

“Given Cairns’ waterfront location, our city naturally extends itself to water or beach sports, in particular beach volleyball,” Cr Manning said.

“Through the hosting of this event, we hope to forge a relationship with Volleyball Australia that will lead to other opportunities to host national and international level volleyball here in Cairns.”

Volleyball Australia is delighted to announce that Australia’s mens indoor Volleyroos will play host to the World League in 2014 and for the first time in the history of the World League will host the Finals for Group 2. In Pool C of Group 2,  the Volleyroos will be joined by Finland, Belgium and Canada to compete in the intercontinental home and away rounds. The Volleyroos will play 3 home round matches versus Finland at the AIS Arena  on the 7and 8 June, Belgium at the Adelaide Arena on the 27 and 28 June, and Canada at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on the 5 and 6 July. The round games will be followed by the final Final four play off which will include Australia as the host nation to be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on the 11 and 12 July. The winner of this Finals series will advance to join the top two from each pool in Group 1 in addition to the hosts Italy.

The Volleyroos stunned the world when they took the number one ranking spot in Asia in 2012 to qualify for the London Olympic Games and narrowly missed a quarter final play off after a stellar performance by the youngest team at the Olympics which included beating world powerhouse Poland. This effort raised the ranking of the Volleyroos from 22 to number 11 in the world. In 2013, Australia played host at the AIS Arena to the Asian World Championship Qualifying tournament which the Volleyroos won to see them advance to the 2014 World Championships to be held in Poland in 2014.

Volleyball Australia President, Craig Carracher said, “We cannot underestimate the significance of Australia competing in and hosting the World League rounds and Finals for the Volleyroos quest to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and for the development and growth of the game in Australia. I would like to  thank the FIVB for their support of Volleyball Australia in once again bringing international matches to our shores and I urge all of Australia to get behind the Volleyroos and cheer them on at their home rounds and in the Final four series”.

Volleyroos Head Coach, the dynamic Jon Uriarte has applauded the efforts of Volleyball Australia to provide the Volleyroos this outstanding opportunity to participate in the World League for the first time since 1999 and to be able to compete against world class competition on home soil. Jon said, “I am thrilled for this opportunity for the team. They are a  young team and continually need to be playing high quality international competitors to give them the best chance of qualifying for Rio 2016 which they will now have!”.

 Volleyball Australia has risen to the challenge of meeting the criteria of podium performances  established by the Australian Institute of Sport under its Winning Edge high performance strategy. Judy Flanagan, Volleyball Australia CEO said, ”With the support of the FIVB,we have set have  an ambitious international hosting agenda to continue to place Australia on the global stage in one of the largest global sports as a force to be reckoned with. There is nothing like playing in front of a large, passionate and vocal home crowd so save the dates in Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney and come on down to  support the Volleyroos in their World League endeavours and their 2016 Rio quest”.

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