13 Apr 2018
WITH the eyes of a nation riding every fluctuating point the Australian men's volleyball team of Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann stood strong under pressure to win gold against Canada in a pulsating three sets.
Urged on by a parochial crowd at Coolangatta Beach the team edged out Samuel Pedlow and Sam Schacter 21-19, 18-21, 18-16 in a nervewracking final minutes.
Momentum swings played a big part in the match with both teams looking set for victory at various stages.
Schumann said it was an amazing thrill to win under enormous pressure.
''I can't believe that happened, especially when we were down 9-12,'' Schumann said.
''To win a gold medal is incredible. We had a massive crew watching. This is a big deal for volleyball. For people to see a good quality match warms out heart.''
McHugh said the home support was vital.
''That was epic, the crowd got us over the line,'' McHugh said.
The woman's team of Mariafe Artacho Del Solar and Taliqua Clancy couldn’t quite grab chances in the second set to go down to world number one pair Canadian pair Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Peredis, 21-19, 22-20.
The women's event was the first time beach volleyball had been on the Commonwealth Games program.
The results again showed the strength of the SASI set up where the Australian teams train at the Volleyball Australia National Training Centre at SASI.
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