2018-04-07 14:39:00 CEST
His name is Sam Pedlow
It’s taken a few years but I think I have a new nickname!” smiled Sam Pedlow.
The Canadian blocker was in sensational form at the net as he and Sam Schachter sailed past Sri Lankans Sashimal Yapa and Asanka Pradeep to book their quarterfinal place at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday.
After each of Pedlow’s seven successful blocks at the net the crowd screamed “moose” – holding their hands up to replicate the blocking action. It’s something that might just catch on during the Beach Volleyball Major Series this season…
And the Canadians are relishing not only the love from the support inside the stadium on Australia’s Gold Coast, but also the opportunity of experiencing such a unique and competitive tournament.
“To come here and have the crowd behind you is great,” Pedlow told us after the straight sets triumph. “It was nice to see so many people in the stadium who were beach volleyball fans. I think we’ve got from villains to heroes in a way – there were children in Australia tops shouting ‘go Canada’ and that’s the kind of moments you live for.”
On their interaction with the crowd, Schachter added: “It was not only about enjoying ourselves but allowing the crowd to be involved and join in our excitement.
“We’ll use everything we can from this experience going forward – not just here at this tournament but for the rest of the season.”
Also in the final session of day two at the Games there was mixed fortunes for the men’s and women’s teams from Scotland.
The boys, Robin Miedzybrodski and Seain Cook, fought back in an epic three-setter to record their second victory of the tournament to seal a place in the knockout stages.
But their female counterparts Lynne Beattie and Melissa Coutts failed to build on their win on Friday as they were on the receiving end of a 2-0 defeat to Cypriot duo Mariota Angelopoulou and Manolina Konstantinou.
In case you missed it, here’s what else happened on Saturday Down Under:
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