Hornchurch ace Boulton ‘inspired’

PUBLISHED: 14:42 11 August 2011

Hornchurch's Lucy Boulton is hoping for beach volleyball glory

Hornchurch's Lucy Boulton is hoping for beach volleyball glory

2010 FIVB

Beach volleyball hopeful chases third win

Hornchurch’s Lucy Boulton and partner Denise Johns will look to continue their fine form at the Olympic Beach Volleyball test event later today.

There was some concern over the staging of the event at Horse Guards Parade earlier in the week, following the unrest in the capital.

But Boulton and Johns beat Canadians Jamie Lynn Broder and Ashley Voth (21-10, 21-11) in their first match on Tuesday, then saw off Americans Tealle Hunkus and Heather Lowe (21-19, 21-14) to move to the top of Pool D and guarantee their place in the knockout phase.

Boulton said: “It was a tough first set (against the Americans). By winning, we’ll definitely be through the pool and it pus us in a good position.

“We’re loving being able to play here in London. It’s fantastic to see the London Eye behind us. It’s great to be out here.

“Looking around and seeing these iconic buildings, you can’t really get better. It’s extra special because it’s our home.”

Boulton and Johns were due to meet Brazil’s Vivian Cunha and Taiana Lima in their final group game last night (Thursday) to determine who they will play in the last-16 today.

The quarter-finals are to be staged tomorrow (Saturday), with the semi-finals and final on Sunday.

Britain’s No.1 ranked duo Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullins also won their first two matches this week.

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