- Coolangatta Beachfront; Queensland, Australia
- April 6-12, 2017
The historic first day of beach volleyball action at the Commonwealth Games included nine matches, four women’s and five men’s in the pool play round.
Just two of the contests went the distance, both on the men’s side. New Zealand’s Sam O’Dea and Ben O’Dea overcame a first-set loss to Dimitris Apostolou/Georglos Chrysotomou (Cyprus) to win 16-21, 21-19, 15-11. Ben put up five blocks to lead the team to victory.
Scotland’s Robin Miedzybrodzkl and Seain Cook outlasted Asanka Pradeep/Sashimal Yapa (Sri Lanka) 21-15, 18-21, 16-14. Cook served up our aces to aid the Scots.
In women’s action, home-standing Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy won in straight sets, racking up six aces, five by Clancy.
Canadian’s Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan made quick work of their foes in a 34 minute 21-5, 21-8 victory. Pavan notched four aces and five blocks.
Day 2 of play features nine more matches, including New Zealanders Shaunna Polley and Kelsie Wills on the women’s side in Pool C play, and the beginning of the second round of pool play.
Women’s Pool A
Lynne Beattie/Melissa Coutts (Scotland) def. Renisha Stafford/Thornia Williams (Grenada) 21-8, 21-11
Mariafe Artacho del Solar/Taliqua Clancy (Australia) def. Mariota Angelopoulou/Manolina Konstantinou (Cyprus) 21-14, 21-9
Women’s Pool B
Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan (Canada) def. Laite Nima/Iliseva Ratudina (Fiji) 21-5, 21-8
Jessica Grimson/Victoria Palmer (England) def. Abby Blackman/Rheeza Grant (Trinidad & Tobago) 21-16, 21-12
Men’s Pool A
Christopher McHugh/Damien Schumann (Australia) def. Sairusi Cavula/Inia Korowale (Fiji) 21-9, 21-9
Men’s Pool B
Robin Miedzybrodzkl/Seain Cook (Scotland) def. Asanka Pradeep/Sashimal Yapa (Sri Lanka) 21-15, 18-21, 16-14
Samuel Pedlow/Sam Schachter (Canada) def. Abubakar Kamara/Patrick Lombi (Sierra Leone) 22-20, 21-14
Men’s Pool C
Sam O’Dea/Ben O’Dea (New Zealand) def. Dimitris Apostolou/Georglos Chrysotomou (Cyprus) 16-21, 21-19, 15-11
Chris Gregory/Jake Sheaf (England) def. Carlos Acacio/Delcio Soares (Mozambique) 21-13, 21-14