Canada’s Bansley and Maloney win gold at beach volleyball international

GUATEMALA CITY – Heather Bansley and Liz Maloney of Toronto strung together three wins on Sunday to win the gold medal at the second stop on the NORCECA (North and Central America, and Caribbean) beach volleyball circuit.

The Canadians defeated  Grin Grey and Jennifer Snyder of the U.S., 21-18, 21-16 in the championship final to finish the tournament with a perfect 6-0 record.

Earlier Sunday, they defeated Costa Ricans Ingrid Morales and Natalia Alfaro 25-23, 21-17 in the quarterfinal and Mexicans Martha Revuelta and Diana Estrada 21-15, 17-21, 15-10 in the semis.

 “We struggled at the beginning of the day,’’ said Bansley. ‘’But we were patient in the final match and it worked well for us”.  The pair took bronze at the season opener last month.

In men’s competition, Christian Redmann of Toronto and Ben Saxton of Calgary won the bronze medal defeating Roberto Rodriguez and Christopher Underwood of Puerto Rico 21-15, 22-20. The Canadians lost to Karel Peña and Javier Jimenez of Cuba 21-16, 21-15 in the semifinal.

‘’The Cubans were a young and very athletic team and we came out a little flat against them and never could recover,’’ said Redmann. 

Cuba lost in the final to Juan Virgen and Aldo Miramontes of Mexico 21-19, 20-22, 15-8.

Maverick Hatch of Comox, B.C., and Sam Schachter of Toronto took fifth spot.

It’s the second event in a row Canada has struck gold on the circuit this season. At the season opener last month, Josh Binstock and Richard Van Huizen of Toronto took the men’s gold.