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New Zelanders show power in opening day at Bahamas


NASSAU, Bahamas, July 18, 2017 - They came all the way from down under to capture victories in day one of the beach volleyball tournament of the Youth Commonwealth Games on Tuesday.


New Zealand’s Ella Akkerman and Jasmine Pepi-Wilson came out winners from their two outings of the day against the weak St Lucia 2-0 (21-4, 21-5) and then against the spirited Rwanda’s Valentine  Munezero and Penelope Musabyima 2-0 (21-10, 21-19) to win Pool C of the female segment.


However, the most exciting match of the day saw the teams of Rwanda and Trinidad & Tobago engaged in fiery battle from the first to final whistle with the African duo of Valentine and Penelope getting the last laugh 2-1 (21-17, 16-21, 15-13) in 54 minutes over Tysan Selvon and Ebony Williams.


Female Results

Pool A: AUS d ENG 2-0 (21-14, 21-18), ENG d BAH 2-0 (21-5, 21-7). Pool B: SCO d VAN 2-0 (21-7, 21-19). Pool C: NZL d LCA 2-0 (21-4, 21-5), RWA d TTO 2-1 (21-17, 16-21, 15-13), NZL d RWA (21-10, 21-19).


Women’s Pools Composition

Pool A: Bahamas, Australia and England. Pool B: Jamaica, Vanuatu and Scotland. Pool C: New Zealand, Trinidad & Tobago, Rwanda and St Lucia.