Bansley and Maloney finish at 17th in season debut on World Tour
Redmann and Saxton advance to men’s main draw with two wins
BRASILIA – Heather Bansley and Elizabeth Maloney of Toronto were eliminated in the third round of the women’s main draw on Wednesday at the opening stop on the FIVB beach volleyball circuit.
Madelein Meppelink and Sophie Van Gestel of the Netherlands defeated the top Canadian pair 19-21, 25-23, 15-8. Bansley and Maloney, currently chasing an Olympic berth on the circuit, will receive a 17th place ranking.
After a bye to the main draw, the Canadians won their first round match on Tuesday then lost a few hours later to Olympic champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh of the U.S.
In Wednesday’s third round, Bansley and Maloney played one of the longest sets in the tournament in the second and the Dutch seemed to feed off that dramatic win to close the match handily.
Meanwhile in men’s qualifying, Christian Redmann of Toronto and Ben Saxton of Calgary won their two qualifying matches Wednesday to advance to the main draw..
Redmann and Saxton defeated Shun Zhou and Jian Li of China in the final round of qualifying 21-19, 21-14 to grab one of the eight available spots for the main draw which starts Thursday.
Josh Binstock of Toronto and Martin Reader of Comox, B.C., as well as Maverick Hatch of Comox and Sam Schachter of Toronto were just one win from joining Redmann and Saxton but lost their final qualifying matches.
Matt Zbyszewski of Toronto and Chaim Schalk of Red Deer, Alta., dropped their opening match.
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