SunLive – Volleyball: Quarter finals opponents confirmed

The Beach Blacks and Beach Ferns Commonwealth Games Quarter Finals opponents have been confirmed.

Beach Blacks Brad Fuller and Sam O’Dea face Rwanda’s Olivier Ntagengwa and Venuste Gatsinzi at 10pm Friday night NZ time, and can expect a tough test.

The Rwandan pair qualified for the quarters with wins against South Africa and the Maldives and pushed Australia hard in their final pool match.

Fuller and O’Dea were unbeaten through pool play, qualifying top in their group after a tough hit out against England’s Bello Brothers on Thursday.

“I think our intensity was spot on, very intense when we needed to be and then we came back down to a good level when we were ready to side out again. If we can take that through to the quarterfinals, then that’s going to be huge for us,” says Brad Fuller.

In the women’s competition, Alice Zeimann and Shaunna Polley will play England’s Jess Grimson and Daisy Mumby at 7am Saturday morning NZ time.

The Beach Ferns are ranked 41 places ahead of the home team, but will have to deal with a home crowd – the English duo had wins against the Solomon Islands and Scotland but went down in two sets to Vanuatu on their way to the quarters, while the Beach Ferns accounted for Kenya and Ghana but lost to the strong Canadian side in their last pool match.

“The Canada match definitely sets us up for our quarters and gives us a lot of confidence. We know that when we play our game, we can match it with anyone, we’re really stoked,” said Alice Zeimann.

  • Beach Blacks v Rwanda – 22:00 Friday 5 August NZ time, live on Sky Sport 5/Bir 2 or Sky Channel 055
  • Beach Ferns v England – 07:00 Saturday 6 August 7am NZ time, live on Sky Sport 6 /Bir 3 or Sky Channel 056
  • Full schedule

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