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Beach Volleball: Dampney and Mullin lose to Italians

July 31, 2012
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Women’s beach volleyball duo Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin could not maintain their perfect start to London 2012 as they lost to Italian pair Marta Menegatti and Greta Cicolari at Horse Guards Parade this evening.

The British pair, who are ranked sixth, lost a tight opening set 21-18 but the second set was more one-sided and finished 21-12 to the Italian duo, who are the current reigning European champions.

Dampney and Mullin can still progress to the knockout stages with victory over Russia on Thursday, but Mullin admitted they would need to improve their performance if they are to go through.

“It’s very disappointing that we lost, the major thing for us coming out of that match is if we’d have played two sets like we had in the first set, then I think we would be in a better frame of mind. It’s very disappointing to have lost that second set like that.”

Dampney echoed her partner’s views, but said there were definite positives they could take from the game.

“There were some good plays and we’ve got to focus on the positives,” she said. “We’ll be fixing whatever it was that went wrong today. The Italians are European Champions so they’re a really strong team.”

The Women’s Sports Magazine

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