Olympics beach volleyball: Zara Dampney wins first match

Great Britain's Zara Dampney reacts as she and her partner Shauna Mullin win their Women's Beach Volleyball Pool F match against Canada. Julien Behal/PA Wire.
Great Britain's Zara Dampney reacts as she and her partner Shauna Mullin win their Women's Beach Volleyball Pool F match against Canada. Julien Behal/PA Wire.
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FORMER University of Sheffield student Zara Dampney and beach volleyball partner Shauna Mullin won their opening match against Canada at Horse Guards Parade today.

The British pair, who are ranked sixth, came from a set down to beat Canadians Marie-Andree Lessard and Annie Martin 17-21, 21-14, 15-13.

Olympic debutants Mullin and Dampney were over the moon with their performance despite a nervy start.

Dampney said: “I lived every point and all the ups and downs. We were a little bit nervous at the start and needed to keep building after the first set. We just needed to remain calm and then we won the second set and took it into the third set.”

“It’s absolutely amazing win,” added Mullin. “To bring home a win for GB was amazing. The crowd just kept us going. It would have been an amazing occasion whether we won or lost.”

The pair, who came 17th at last year’s World Championships, have a day off before taking on Italy on Tuesday.