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First day wins for Ja teams at Beach Volleyball tourney

Published:Saturday | May 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Team Jamaica's women turned in composed performances to highlight day one of the

inaugural Continental Women's Beach Volleyball Tournament and Women's Olympic Qualifiers, at the Ocho Rios Bay Beach in St. Ann yesterday, where a total of 16 matches were contested on courts A

and B.

The country's duo of: Kai Wright and Danielle Perry opened their account by outscoring Marie Villa and Fanny Katarzynski of Guadeloupe 21-6 and 21-2 in their team A matchup.

In the Team B contest, Sasha Lee Wallen and Alicia Malcolm rallied to a 21-15 and 21-13 victory over Alize Mery and Stepahanie Lemouellic, also of Guadeloupe.

Pleased with proceedings

Tournament director Jackie Cowan was pleased with the proceedings on day one of the tournament.

"Every thing has been fitting into place so far, the girls' (Jamaican teams) have been playing well, so we are happy with the first day," she told The Gleaner.

Cowan, however, notes that the heat yesterday, as well as it being a work day might have contributed to less than a full house attendance.

"We are happy with the first day seeing that it's the first time we (Jamaica) are hosting an Olympic qualifying tournament. It was not as full as we would have liked, considering it was a work day, but tomorrow (today) should build up," she explained.

The championship will resume at 9 a.m. today