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Court and Schumann one win away from beach clean sweep

Damien Schumann and Joshua Court at the Qatar Open in Doha in 2015
Manly Beach, Australia, February 17, 2016 - Victorian beach volleyballers Damien Schumann and Joshua Court will this weekend aim to complete a clean sweep of the Australian summer series when they contest the New South Wales (NSW) Open at Manly Beach.

Schumann and Court, who have set their sights on qualifying for the Rio Olympics later this year, last weekend added the Victorian Open to their list of conquests this summer.

The pair opened the summer with victory at the South Australia Open, and followed up with wins in Queensland, the Australian Championships, Western Australia and then Victoria.

Along the way they have seen off several challenges from their main Australian rivals, including Isaac Kapa and Chris McHugh, Bo Soderberg and Cole Durant, and Casey Grice and Josh Slack.

It’s been a major form turnaround for the Melbourne-based pair. 2015 was a difficult year, with Court having to deal with the passing of his father.

But a win this weekend at Manly will increase Court and Schumann’s momentum as they head to the Australian tour finals and the Asian Championships, both to be held at Manly next month, and the Asian Olympic qualifiers in June.

Their main challenge is likely to once again come from Soderberg and Durant.

The women’s competition is wide open, with several of the top players not available for this weekend.

Queensland sisters Justine and Jordan Mowen will be looking for a first tour victory, with the main challenge likely to come from Manly-based internationals, Michaela Vorlova and Lucia Michalovicova.

Czech Vorlova and Slovakia’s Michalovicova won the South Australian Open and finished runners up in the Australian Championships.

The NSW Open will run over Saturday and Sunday.


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