Pair realises the American dream in final

February 05, 2018

Smack: Jace Pardon goes for power during the women's final of the FIVB World Tour event in Shepparton.

Precision: Irene Pollock finds the gap during her side's FIVB World Tour final win.

Amanda Dowdy and Irene Pollock completed an American double at the FIVB World Tour event in Shepparton yesterday.

With three of the four finalists across the men’s and women’s sections, it was a banner week for the United States, capped off by an all-American women’s final.

The Texan duo of Dowdy and Pollock proved too strong for Jace Pardon and Caitlin Ledoux in a tight, three-set final.

The winners made a promising start, taking the first set 21-17.

But Pardon and Ledoux would not let their opportunity at a world tour title go without a fight, coming up big in the crucial moments of the second set to pinch it 21-18.

With the game on the line though it was the Texans who stood up, breaking away late to win 15-12.

It completed a perfect 5-0 week for the pair, who pocketed $1000 for the win.

Pollock said beating a team of such a high-calibre made the win special.

‘‘They’re such a good team and so scrappy; they have great ball control, so we were really happy to pull that one out,’’ she said.

Italian pair Marta Menegatti and Laura Giombini took home the bronze medal with a confident win against top-seeded New Zealand duo Shaunna Polley and Kelsie Wills, 23-21, 21-15.

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