- Coolangatta Beachfront; Queensland, Australia
- April 6-12, 2017
Canadians Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan and New Zealand’s Shaunna Polley/Kelsie Wills took the women’s Pool B and Pool C titles in front of sellout crowds on Monday, advancing to quarterfinals.
On the men’s side, Australians Christopher McHugh/Damien Schumann and Canadians Sam Pedlow/Sam Schachter earned the final two pool titles.
The pairs join Aussies Mariafe Artacho del Solar/Taliqua Clancy and New Zealanders Sam O’Dea/Ben O’Dea, who secured pool titles on Sunday.
The 12-team field cut to eight for the quarterfinals, with the pool play winners and runner-ups along with two of the third-ranked teams.
Humana-Paredes/Pavan are No. 1 in the FIVB world rankings. Artacho del Solar/Clancy (19), Polley/Wills (49) England’s Jessica Grimson/Victoria Palmer (79) followed, while Scotland’s Lynne Beattie/Melissa Coutts (106) are just outside the Top 100.
Schachter/Pedlow are ranked 14th in the FIVB world rankings, followed by McHugh/Schumann (20) and the O’Deas (144). England’s Chris Gregory/Jake Sheaf also are among the top 100 at 59.
Tuesday matchups are:
Apostolou/Chrysostomou (CYP) v Pedlow/Schachter (CAN)
Brodzki/Cook (SCO) v Gregory/Sheaf (ENG)
O’Dea/O’Dea (NZL) v Stewart/Williams (TTO)
McHugh/Schumann (AUS) v Kamara/Lombi (SLE)
Matauatu/Pata (VAN) v Grimson/Palmer (ENG)
Artacho del Solar/Clancy (AUS) v Mutatsimpundu/Nzayisenga (RWA)
Polley/Wills (NZL) v Angelopoulou/Konstantinou (CYP)
Beattie/Coutts (SCO) v Humana-Paredes/Pavan (CAN)
Women’s Pool A
Martiota Angelopoulou/Manolina Konstantinou (Cyprus) def. Thornia Williams/Renisha Stafford (Grenada) 21-3, 21-14
Women’s Pool B
Abby Blackman/Rheeza Grant (Trinidad & Tobago) def. Laite Nima/Iliseva Ratudina (Fiji) 21-18, 24-22
Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan (Canada) def. Jessica Grimson/Victoria Palmer (England) 21-6, 21-6
Women’s Pool C
Shaunna Polley/Kelsie Wills (New Zealand) def. Linline Matautu/Miller Pata (Vanuatu) 21-17, 21-16
Ee Shan Lau/Wei Yu Ong (Singapore) def. Charlotte Nzayisenga/Denyse Mutatsimpundu (Rwanda) 21-11, 22-20
Men’s Pool A
Christopher McHugh/Damien Schumann (Australia) def. Daynte Stewart/Daneil Williams (Trinidad & Tobago) 21-13, 21-16
Sairusi Cavula/Inia Korowale (Fiji) def. St. Clair Hodge/Shawn Seabrookes (St. Kitts & Nevis) 21-16, 21-11
Men’s Pool B
Sam Pedlow/Sam Schachter (Canada) def. Seain Cook/Robin Miedzybrodzkl (Scotland) 21-12, 21-17
Abubakar Kamara/Patrick Lombi (Sierra Leone) def. Sashimal Yapa/Asanka Pradeep (Sri Lanka) 21-17, 22-20