AUSTRALIA'S number one women's beach volleyball team of Louise Bawden and Becchara Palmer has lost a tight group encounter against Germany's Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig.
In their opening match, the Australians gave themselves hope after coming from behind to level the three-set match, but the Germans proved too strong in the decider.
Playing catch-up early in the match after losing the opening set 21-18, Bawden and Palmer forced the Germans into a third set after rallying 21-19 in the second.
However, Goller and Ludwig steadied themselves in the decider, capitalising on Australian mistakes and taking the match 15-8 in the final set.
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