FIVB World Tour, Sydney - Saturday


Day two, FIVB World Tour, Sydney

6:52pm - The number one seeds Louise Bawden and Nikki Laird hold their nerve to win 2-1 (23-25, 21-15, 15-12) against hometown favourites Alice and Johanna Rohkamper and book their place in the semi-finals

6:40pm - Can you believe we're having another three setter? Bawden and Laird win second set 21-15 to lock up their match 1-all with the Rohkamper sisters

6:22pm - It's late in the day, but the action is still red hot. Big crowd in now watching local heroes the Rohkamper sisters take the first set 25-23 against number one seeds and fellow Australians Bawden and Laird.

5:45pm - Incredible defence from Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Jess Ngauamo give them the third set 15-10 and the match 2-1 against fellow Australians Becchara Palmer and Phoebe Bell

5:31pm - They nearly blew it, but Artacho del Solar and Ngauamo go from 20-17 to win the set 22-20, and levels the match against Palmer/Bell at one-all

5:10pm - That was a real arm-wrestle! After both teams blow several set points, it's Palmer and Bell who get the first set 25-23 over fellow Australians del Solar/Ngauamo 

4:40pm - There were some nervous moments, but Canada's Julie Gordon and Camille Saxton are through to the semi-finals, beating USA's Kimberley Dicello and Emily Stockman 2-0 (21-16, 23-21)

3:52pm - That was unbelievable!! Japan led 14-11 in the third set, before coming back to win 18-16! Behrens and Schumacher are into the semi-finals, bad luck for Mizoe and Hashimoto 

3:28pm - We've got another three-setter! Germany fight back to take the seconds 21-17 to force the match against Japan into a decider.

3:06pm - The heavy rain is back, as Japan's Mizoe/Hashimoto cause a bit of a surprise by taking the first set against Germany's Behrens and Schumacher 21-16

2:34pm - Australia's Louise Bawden and Nikki Laird get the job done in atrocious conditions at Manly Beach, beating Germany's Leonie Kurtzinger and Sandra Seyfferth 21-17, 21-16

2:16pm - The rain is bucketing down! But Australia's Bawden and Laird fight back after a slow start to take the opening set 21-17 over Germany's Kurtzinger/Seyfferth 

12:47pm - The local crowd goes crazy as the Manly duo of Alice and Johannah Rohkamper book their place in the quarter-finals, beating Turkey's Nezir/Cetin 22-20, 15-21, 15-12!

12:32pm - We're off to a third set! Turkey fights back to take the second set 21-15 to force this match into a decider. And the rain has stopped, the sun has come out - sort of..

12:18pm - Wow! Manly's Rohkamper sisters fight back from 18-20 down to take the opening set 22-20 against Turkey's Nezir/Cetin

12:50pm - As the rain buckets down, Australia's del Solar and Ngauamo book their quarter-final place with a 2-0 (21-12, 21-12) win over Vanuatu's Joe/Matauato

12:30pm - Strong start for Australia's del Solar and Ngauamo, 21-12 over Vanuatu's Joe/Matauato in opening set at Manly Beach 

12:02pm - Good win for Australia's Bell and Palmer, 2-0 over Scotland's Beattie/Coutts. Congrats to the Scots for their best ever World Tour result

11:40am - Australia's Palmer and Bell look strong in the opening set against Scotland, taking it 21-17. Coutts and Beattie won Scotland's first ever World Tour event yesterday

11:25am - Next match - Australia's Palmer/Bell against Scotland's Beattie/Coutts

11:21am - The American combination of Dicello and Stockman notch up a 2-0 (21-11, 21-14) win over Australia's Jenkins/ Bartoli. It's only their second tournament together

11:05am - Americans very impressive opening set - 21-11 and looking in total control over the Australians

10:55am - The first Australian team in action today, with Bartoli/Jenkins taking on USA's Dicello/Stockman, on centre court now

10:40am - That was brilliant! Canada's Julie Gordon and Camille Saxton show their class, winning the third set 15-13 over USA's Whitney Pavlik and Amanda Dowdy and taking the match 2-1 to move into the quarter finals!

10:26am - Great comeback by the Canadians! They win six points in a row mid-set to win 21-16 and lock the match at one-set all against USA

10:06am - What s gripping set! After plenty of lead changes, it's USA that finally comes through to take the set 24-22 over Canada, the first set Gordon and Saxton have lost in Australia

9:55am - This game should be a ripper! Canada's Gordon/Saxton, winners in Shepparton earlier this month, taking on USA's Pavlik/Dowdy who looked really strong yesterday at Manly

9:37am - The German team of Behrens/Schumacher are through to the quarter finals with a 2-0 (21-17, 21-12) win over New Zealand's Tilley/Bain. The weather has settled down a bit, although the wind is still very tricky

9:20am: Game two sees New Zealand's Tilley/Bain take on Germany's Behrens/Schumacher, the runners-up from Shepparton earlier this month. New Zealand started strongly, but the rain and the wind came in and Germany took over, taking the first set 21-17

8:55am - That's a great win for Japan's Mizoe/Hashimoto! They looked down and out after this first set, but fought back to beat Austria's Strauss sisters 13-21, 21-15, 15-7

8:38am - Great fightback from the Japanese in that set, they level it at 21-15. They looked much more settled after a nervous opening set in the windy and damp conditions

8:18am - Austria take the fist set 21-13. They used force and made the most of the flukey conditions

8:16am - Game one underway in damp and windy conditions - it's the Austrian Strauss twins against Japan's Mizoe/Hashimoto