Power, Parsons claim gold in female beach volleyball at Summer Games

Dave Kearsey
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Jenna Parsons, left, and Alicia Power of Western celebrate their gold medal victory in beach volleyball at the 2012 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games.

CORNER BROOK Alicia Power and Jenna Parsons are two girls who know how to make things happen on a beach volleyball court.

The two Corner Brook indoor volleyball stars who helped the Corner Brook Titans to a silver medal at the 2012 nationals earlier this year claimed the gold medal in women's beach volleyball at the 2012 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games Tuesday in Carbonear.

The dynamic duo, who were key members of the Western female indoor volleyball team that captured gold two years ago at the provincial Winter Games, defeated Jill Snow and Vicki Pinksen of Central 21-9, 21-16 in the gold-medal showdown Tuesday.

Snow and Pinksen are actually good friends and teammates with the champions on the Corner Brook Titans volleyball squad.

The duo, who are good friends off the court, never lost a match in the ride to the top.

However, Parsons, 18, said the undefeated record didn't come without hard work and she had high praise for the level of competition they battled on the court.

"No game was really that easy. All the competitors were really good and everybody worked hard for each point," she said, noting in the end they just had the edge on their opponents.

Team chemistry was definitely in favour of the champions who have spent countless hours on volleyball courts together since Grade 9.

They also spend time together off the court and are quite familiar with each other's personality traits and habits. This is something Parsons felt gave them the upper hand.

"We gelled really well together," Parsons said. "When things were tight we kept the pressure on the other team and we did really good together. I am really proud of her (Power)."

Power, who is 17, was excited about winning gold because she had no idea what kind of opposition they would face, but she was particularly pleased to defeat her two buddies from central Newfoundland.

"It felt good. We really didn't want to lose to them," she said with a light chuckle.

Power had a good time off the court meeting new people and getting a peek at other sports, and her teammate also gave the event a big thumbs up.

"It was awesome. Carbonear did just such a good job with everything from food to facilities," she said, noting the beach volleyball court was absolutely beautiful.

Meanwhile, Western boys Chris Simmons and Cohen Chaulk snagged the gold medal in their beach volleyball bracket.

The duo defeated Mount Pearl/South 2-0.

The first half of the Games wrapped up Tuesday.

A new group of athletes will be arriving in Carbonear and Harbour Grace today as the host committee gets ready to put out the welcome mat for the second half of the Games.

 

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Corner Brook, Carbonear Mount Pearl

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