Great Britain beach volleyball pair Shauna Mullin and Zara Dampney were beaten in the quarter finals of the London Prepares test event by experienced Brazilian duo Vieira and Lili at the 2012 Olympic venue on Horse Guards Parade today.
The British pair’s fantastic run of four consecutive victories came to an end as they went down 14-21, 20-22 in front of a capacity crowd of 1,500. They were made to pay for failing to convert two set points in the second set as the clinical Brazilians secured victory with their first match point.
Reflecting on the defeat Mullin said: “The second set was better that the first, we created our chances, but we’re disappointed that we didn’t take them. Brazilians are never easy to play against; they’ve got a lot of experience and know how to read the game so it was always going to be a tough match today.”
The British pair depart the tournament with four wins and one loss and have enjoyed the experience of playing in front on an enthusiastic home crowd. Dampney said: “It’s been an amazing week for us, we’ve played our hearts out on the court and we just wanted to show everyone what beach volleyball is all about. It’s been the highlight of our season and it’s been so much fun.
“It’s been an amazing experience for us. We didn’t really know what it would be like until we got here, it’s been really great how the public have got so involved with the event and got behind us. We just want to say thank you to everyone who has come down and supported and we hope they go away with a positive opinion of beach volleyball.
Mullin added: “We’ve learnt a lot about competing at home, in front of a home crowd, interacting with the press and learning things for next year. This was a taster of what it’s going to be like next year when it’s ten times bigger. We didn’t expect it to be as good as it was with the crowd being so amazing, so it’s definitely given us extra excitement for next year.”
The Britons will now travel to Finland to compete in the next event on the FIVB World Tour where they will be looking to pick up further points to continue their push up the world rankings. Currently they are placed 31st.
The other British pairing of Lucy Boulton and Denise Johns will face tournament favourites Kessy and Ross from the USA in the London Prepares test event semi final tomorrow.