Top five surprise in Mollymook

Top five surprise in Mollymook

The Mollymook stop on the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour saw upsets a plenty on day one of competition, with the top 10 seeds battling it out in awesome fashion over the course of the day.

A notable upset was that of the pair seeded tenth, Oliver Merritt and Shaun Andersen (QLD), who turned the tables on second seeds Tim Schubiger and Jean Gregoire (NSW), taking control of the match and seizing victory in a hotly contested 2-0 (21-17, 21-18).

Leaving it all on the sand, Theodor Grahn and Linus Isaksson (SWE) suffered injury on top of defeat, unfortunately causing them to retire entirely from the tournament.

The women’s draw saw the day commanded by the three Japanese teams that have made the journey to compete in the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour. Yamada and Nishibori were the only pairing to drop a game in qualification, losing only to their fellow countrymen in a concise 2-0 loss (21-17, 21-12).

Despite the final games of the day delayed due to a large storm front, play restarted at 3pm.

Following the break in play, the thirteenth seed pairing of Schwarmann and Hauschild (GER) ultimately toppled Developing Volleyroos Hood and Potts (QLD/SA) in a nail biting 2-0 victory (21-17, 21-15). The Germans piled on the pressure, celebrating every point.

Top seeded pair and Australian Beach Volleyball Tour Champions from Geelong,  Georgia Johnson and Jasmine Fleming looked dangerous as ever. The pairing displayed dominance in their opening match with a controlled 2-0 win against Tarryn Angermeier and Genel Sturgeon (VIC) (21-9 21-16).

In a thrilling three set game, the Japanese pairing of Suzuka and Reika triumphed over Michalovicova and Weiler (NSW/SA) by just 4 points (20-22, 21-19, 15-11).

To close out the afternoon, a large crowd gathered around as Tiso and Reeves took on  Landers and Kaufer. Both of the first two sets went past 21 points, setting the scene for the final set to be an absolute firecracker.

With the crowd poised, a setting error from Landers meant the ball never made it back over the net, giving the final point to Tiso and Reeves for the win (20-22, 22-20, 15-12).

Day two of Volleymook will kick off tomorrow morning at 7am AEDT on Mollymook Beach.

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

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