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Mollymook delivers on day two

Mollymook delivers on day two

Nearing the business end of the tournament, day two of the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour in Mollymook saw players vie for positions in quarter finals and beyond.

Top seeded pair Izac Carracher and Mark Nicolaidis stayed calm and collected in their game against Solomon Bushby and Jed Walker, only being pushed past regulation points in their last set before winning the match 2-0 (21-17, 24-22).

Seventh seeds Robert Reeves and Declan Tiso finally met their match after a stellar start to the tournament, going down to fifth seeds Garang Anyang and Justin Schumann. The game went to a thrilling final set which ultimately saw Anyang and Schumann claim the win 2-1 (21-17, 12-21, 15-12).

In the women’s Elite division, Jasmine Fleming and Georgia Johnson remain unshaken in their Volleymook campaign. Yet to drop a set, they continue to dominate the tournament, today delivering a crushing victory over Elizabeth Alchin and Jasmine Rayner (21-19, 21-13).

Poised to meet them in the semi-finals tomorrow are Japanese pair Suzuka Hashimoto and Reika Murakami. The pair delivered a strong performance today, bringing the exciting run made by fifteenth seed pairing Jennifer Felicia Mascrenhas and Camila Franchi to an end with a 2-0 sweep (21-12, 21-16).

The five o’clock games brought chaos and controversy, with a shock twist seeing third seed James Takken and Joshua Howat forced to withdraw from their match against the eighth seed pair Sam Halley and Mateusz Zieba. 

After controlling the second set, Takken took a fall, landing awkwardly on his right arm and almost immediately asking for a medical timeout. After the allotted 5 minutes allowed to him, Takken returned to the court with heavy strapping.

Ultimately the injury proved too much, and with the Futures tournament just around the corner, Howat likely deemed it too risky to push on, forfeiting the game.

Despite not advancing in the way they wanted, Hally and Zieba were happy to progress, and are now looking ahead to tomorrow’s semi final against Jack Pearse and Paul Burnett. 

“I might try to grow 40cm overnight to make sure we’re ready for tomorrow,” joked Hally.

“We’ll play similarly to how we played against Howatt and Takken. We know what to expect from their style of play, so I think we’ll be fine.

“It’ll basically be the same game,” finished Hally. 

Murakami Megumi and Tsujimura Riko secured their ticket to the semi finals against Stefanie Fejes and Jana Milutinovic with a win over Genel Sturgeon and Tarryn Angermeier, ending the massive effort from the sixteenth seeded pair to make it to the quarter finals.

The Australian Beach Volleyball Tour medal matches on Sunday afternoon will be streamed live via SBS on Demand.

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