The 37th Weymouth Classic once again showed us just how exciting beach volleyball in the UK is along with demonstrating the bright future the sport has with some of the young British stars on show this past weekend.
It all kicked off with the qualifier on the Friday where teams battled all day to gain a spot in the main event over the weekend! The winner of the qualifier on the mens side being the pairing of Tang-Taye/Lipscombe and for the women’s event it was Johnston/Pelletier. A special shoutout goes to the men’s pairing as they became the first team to go from the qualifying event all the way to a Sunday losing out in the quarter-finals stage of the grand slam!
All weekend long the sun was blazing down on the white sands of Weymouth beach bringing the temperatures above 30c, so it really was a battle of skill as well as a battle of physicality and nutrition! Taking that into account we were in for a show in our women’s final! An all English final with the youngest player of Isabelle Tucker being only 16 years old teaming up with Anaya Evans who currently studies and plays beach volleyball in the USA on a scholarship. The pairing of Jess Grimson and Daisy Mumby secured the gold medal winning 2-0 but the 2nd set was a battle to the wire with some great defensive efforts from Jess Grimson helping them secure the win 30-28 after the pairing of Evans/Tucker had 9 set points which they failed to convert on. This gave Jess Grimson her 3rd Weymouth title and the 1st for her partner Daisy Mumby.
The men’s final then followed where Issa Batrane, partnering up with Freddie Bialokoz was looking to do something historic in winning his 4th consecutive Weymouth title, and they were up against the other all English pairing of Sam Dunbavin and Niko Gleed. The pairing of Dunbavin/Gleed put up a fight but with the attacking capabilities of Issa Batrane and the blocking display from Freddie Bialokoz it proved too much as they went on to win 2-0 and impressively not dropping a single set all weekend long! Issa shared with us that, “It was a great event run by Weymouth Beach Volleyball Club as always and the UK Beach Tour, and to have won this special event 4 times now it truly is a testament to the hard work we put in every week to get better. Although I was awarded MVP for this weekend hands down in my eyes my partner Freddie was the one who balled out, eating everything up at the net to help us secure our first grand slam victory as a team!”
It was a great 3 days building up to what were 2 spectacular displays of the sport in the men’s and women’s finals and we are so excited to have had the Grand Slam Series back! The next stop is this weekend in Edinburgh where no doubt we are in for many amazing games throughout!
See you there!