Beach women chase vital ranking points
11th October 2017
With less than three weeks before the deadline for Commonwealth Games qualification, England’s beach women are back in action in the hunt for valuable ranking points.
Vicky Palmer and Jess Grimson, England’s number one women’s pair, are competing in the FIVB World Tour event in Qinzhou, China. The pair have made in through to the main draw where they will face China in the first round tomorrow.
The pair are guaranteed a minimum of 120 ranking points which will help edge them closer to securing their spot at next year’s Games in Australia.
Hosted on the Gold Coast, qualification for the games is decided by the beach volleyball rankings on the deadline of 31 October, 2017. While Australia qualify as hosts, only the top four ranked Commonwealth countries will get an automatic place into the competition.
Vicky and Jess currently hold third position. New Zealand are just two places behind and are likely to overtake the pair before the deadline. While that would leave England with the last remaining spot at the games, Scotland are making a late bid to overtake the pair. The points from the event in China will help England keep a grip on that final qualification place.
In the quest for ranking points, Vicky and Jess are also confirmed in the qualification round for the FIVB 1* event in Aalsmeer, in the Netherlands, before the October deadline.