‘Strong showing’ on beach

Fiji's Sairusi Cavula receives a spike against Australia during the Commonwealth Games beach volleyball competition at Coolangatta Beachfront in Gold Coast, Australia. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Fiji's Sairusi Cavula receives a spike against Australia during the Commonwealth Games beach volleyball competition at Coolangatta Beachfront in Gold Coast, Australia. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

THE Fiji beach volleyball men’s and women’s team have a good chance of progressing to the elimination stages, says coach Todd Edwards.

Both the teams lost their first matches during the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Coolangatta Beachfront in Gold Coast, Australia on Friday.

The men’s team, which consists of Inia Korowale and Sairusi Cavula, lost to Australia’s Damien Schumann and Christopher McHugh 21-9 in the first set and then again went down again in the second set with the same margin.

The women’s team, made up of Laite Nima and Iliseva Ratudina, lost to Canada’s Melissa Humana-Paredes 21-5 and 21-8.

“The girls played well taking into consideration that Canada is ranked very high in the world so you get up to that calibre to play and try to hold them is very good,” he said.