Serving it up at open state titles

MAFFRA’S Rebecca Ingram and playing partner Christie Jenkins reached the semi-finals of the Victorian Open Beach Volleyball Championships.

The event was held at South Melbourne Beach at the weekend.

Ingram and Jenkins, from Melbourne, were the top seeds following their performances on the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour and during the 2021 Victorian season.

Ideal autumn conditions on Saturday greeted players for the opening rounds.

Ingram and Jenkins won their three matches without dropping a set to qualify for Sunday’s semi-finals.

The women faced a battle against triple Olympians Tasmin Hinchley and Julie Burns, wife of the Victorian team coach, under Sunday’s overcast and rainy skies.

Ingram and Jenkins won the first set 21 points to 13, and were leading well in the second set when a loss of concentration led to Hinchley and Burns fighting back to level the match.

The tense third set was point for point, as both sides produced a high standard of volleyball to fight for a break.

Hinchley and Burns were able to steady, and took the deciding third set 15-12 to advance to the final.

Hinchley and Burns put up another strong fight in the final, but were defeated by Queenslanders Caitlin Bettany and Georgia Johnson.

Ingram will now complete her online studies with Stetson University, Florida, and graduate as an occupational therapist in July.

She was recently was accepted into the University of Queensland to study her Masters of Occupational Therapy, beginning the course in July.

While in Queensland, Ingram will train with the Olympic beach volleyball squad.