Artacho del Solar/Clancy; O’Deas Wrap Up Pool Titles on #GC2018 Day 3

  0 Wendy Mayer | April 08th, 2018 | International Volleyball, News, Pro Beach


Commonwealth Games

  • Coolangatta Beachfront; Queensland, Australia
  • April 6-12, 2017
  • Schedule/Results

Aussies Mariafe Artacho del Solar/Taliqua Clancy sewed up the Pool A title with their third straight-set victory, holding Scotland’s Lynne Beattie/Melissa Couts to single digit totals to earn a quarterfinals berth.

In their second match of the tournament, Canadians Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan crushed their opponents from Trinidad and Tabago with four aces apiece, while Pavan also put up four blocks. The Canadians are slated to face England’s Jessica Grimson/Victoria Palmer, also 2-0, to cap Pool B play after each won in straight sets.

Pool C action closes out Monday as well, with New Zealanders Shaunna Polley/Kelsie Wills and Linline Matautu/Miller Pata of Vanuatu coming into the final day at 2-0.

On the men’s side, Sam O’Dea and Ben O’Dea wrapped pool play at 3-0 with a third three-set win on Sunday to take the Pool C title. The O’Dae’s notched seven more kills in the match (34-27) and a 5-4 edge in blocks.

“We need to find a way to start better but it’s really positive that we’re winning the second and third sets and playing better towards the end of matches,” Ben O’Dea said.

Australians Christopher McHugh/Damien Schumann racked up nine aces in a straight-set win on Sunday, setting up Monday’s Pool A title match between the pair and fellow 2-0 duo Daynte Stewart/Daneil Williams of Trinidad & Tobago.

After two rounds of pool action, Robin Miedzybrodzkl/Seain Cook (Scotland) and Sam Pedlow/Sam Schachter (Canada) are both 2-0 in Pool B. The teams will face off on Monday.


Women’s Pool A

Mariafe Artacho del Solar/Taliqua Clancy (Australia) def. Lynne Beattie/Melissa Coutts (Scotland) 21-9, 21-9


Women’s Pool B

Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan (Canada) def. Abby Blackman/Rheeza Grant (Trinidad & Tobago) 21-7, 21-8

Jessica Grimson/Victoria Palmer (England) def.  Laite Nima/Iliseva Ratudina (Fiji) 21-9, 21-7


Women’s Pool C

Shaunna Polley/Kelsie Wills (New Zealand) def. Ee Shan Lau/Wei Yu Ong (Singapore) 21-16, 21-5

Linline Matautu/Miller Pata (Vanuatu) def. Charlotte Nzayisenga/Denyse Mutatsimpundu (Rwanda) 21-8, 21-16


Men’s Pool A

Christopher McHugh/Damien Schumann (Australia) def. St. Clair Hodge/Shawn Seabrookes (St. Kitts & Nevis) 21-3, 21-11

Daynte Stewart/Daneil Williams (Trinidad & Tobago) def. Sairusi Cavula/Inia Korowale (Fiji) 21-9, 21-17


Men’s Pool C

Sam O’Dea/Ben O’Dea (New Zealand) def. Chris Gregory/Jake Sheaf (England) 14-21, 21-18, 15-8

Dimitris Apostolou/Georglos Chrysotomou (Cyprus) def. Carlos Acacio/Delcio Soares (Mozambique) 21-18, 21-17

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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