SHEPPARTON, Australia (Feb. 3, 2018) – U.S. beach teams swept the gold medals and added a silver at the FIVB Beach World Tour one-star event in Shepparton on Saturday (Sunday in Australia).
In the women’s final, Amanda Dowdy and Irene Pollock beat their U.S. teammates Jace Pardon and Caitlin Ledoux, 21-17, 18-21, 15-12 to take the gold.
For the men, Avery Drost and Chase Frishman beat Australian favorites Christopher McHugh and Damien Schumann, 21-15, 21-17 to win gold.
The fourth U.S. team to travel to Shepparton, Adam Roberts and Eric Zaun, finished fifth after losing to McHugh and Schumann in the quarterfinals, 21-6, 21-17.
Drost and Frishman finished the tournament 7-0 and had to win two qualifying matches to make it into the main draw.
“I feel like I’ve been here three months,” Frishman said in an FIVB interview. “I miss my family, my home, my pillow. But our little apartment here has done nicely for us.”
“I love this guy and I am so humbled by this moment,” said Drost of Frishman and their new partnership in an interview with the FIVB. “He’s become like a brother to me… We fight sometimes like brothers.”
Dowdy and Pollock finished 5-0, but had to battle against Pardon and Ledoux for the gold.
“Their such a good team and so scrappy,” Pollock said in and FIVB interview. “They have great ball control so we were really happy to pull that one out.”
Next up on the FIVB World Tour is the Kish Island three-star event on Feb. 20-24 in Iran, which is open only to men. After that comes the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Major, a five-star event on Feb. 27-March 4.