Big win keeps Lessard and Martin in contention on World Circuit

MYSLOWICE, Poland – Marie-Andrée Lessard of Ville LaSalle, Que., and Annie Martin of Sherbrooke, Que., earned a key victory on Thursday in their season debut to stay alive at a stop on the FIVB World Circuit in beach volleyball.

Lessard and Martin, seeded 18th, lost their opening match to Louise Bawden and Becchara Palmer of Australia 21-11, 21-15. However the Canadians rebounded to defeat Kathrine Maaseide and Ingrid Torlen of Norway 21-12, 21-16 in the repechage.

‘’We came back strong against an experienced Norwegian team,’’ said Martin. ‘’We served well and played strong defensively. Our first match didn’t unfold the way we wanted. We had troble with the block and didn’t capitalize on opur opportunities.’’

Their next opponent on Friday will be 17th seeds Cristine Santanna and Martins das Chagas Andrezza of Georgia.

Heather Bansley and Elizabeth Maloney, both of Toronto, lost their opening two matches and we eliminated.

Meanwhile at a men’s World Tour stop in Prague, Maverick Hatch of Comox, B.C., and Sam Schachter of Toronto lost both their main draw matches including the opener to number-one seed Todd Rogers and Philip Dalhausser of the U.S., 21-19, 21-11.

Josh Binstock and Richard Van Huizen, both of Toronto were also eliminated.

Full results at: www.fivb.com