The two remaining Australian men’s team have made it through to Super Sunday despite a scare in the morning for the number one team of Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann.
McHugh/Schumann in their final pool match started the day as shock losers to Sweden in three sets. (21-19, 14-21, 8-15).
That loss was a wake up call for the defending champions who bounced back in impressive style when it mattered to first end a gallant Fiji’s tournament in the round of 12 (21-8, 21-11).
Then McHugh/Schumann had one more hurdle to get to over very late in the day against the USA. They were in no mood to hang around destroying the Americans (21-6, 21-17) to ensure their place at Super Sunday.
“I think losing this morning put a rocket up us so we came out to play this afternoon. Damo was amazing I don’t think anything went down in defense. We are really happy to get through to Super Sunday so see how we go.” said McHugh
Schumann admitted the pressure of defending their title did get to them leading into today.
“Probably felt it yesterday and the day before and in the lead up but today were felt more confident with each win against quality teams we take nothing for granted and just go as hard as we can.” said Schumann.
Australia’s second mens pairing of Zac Schubert and Cole Durant defeated Canada in a tight three set quarterfinal (21-15, 19-21, 15-11) to book their place in Super Sunday.
“Really happy that we stretched ourselves and took our game to places that were really uncomfortable.” said Durant after the win.
The pair were impressive earlier in the day with a big win against Germany (21-14, 21- 13) and are confident they can be standing on top of the podium tomorrow.
“We believe if we play good Volleyball then we can win the whole thing.”
Australia’s women didn’t fare so well with the last Aussie pair of Jess Ngauamo and Phoebe Bell eliminated in Saturday action by Japan.
The Australian women were in every point but just couldn’t get over the top of their Japanese opponents going down (19-21, 21-23).
The number one Australian womens team of Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar were just spectators today with Clancy still recovering from a foot injury.
The clock is ticking for Clancy who has been unable to compete in any of the selection events through injury and knows she must compete at the WA Open to be considered for Commonwealth Games selection.