There was torrential rain in the Gold Coast during the Australian Youth Beach Volleyball Championships from March 28-31, but plenty of sunshine in terms of results for four Jewish players representing Victoria.
In the 20-team U18 girls’ competition, Samantha Pila and Milla Smith (pictured in centre, from left) won the final 21-16 21-6 against a NSW pair, after topping their pool, and then posting straight sets wins over a South Australian team, and a Victorian team featuring Milla’s twin sister Cate (pictured on far right), which took home bronze.
In the U15 girls’ competition, another sibling, Ruby Smith, was part of a team that also won bronze.
Samantha and Milla both play indoor volleyball, but had been training together in beach volleyball for the past 18 months, forming a brilliant combination through excellent communication, court speed and court coverage.
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