Canada in final four at NORCECA

 BOCA CHICA, Dominican Republic, March 30, 2013 – Canadian pairs have reached the semifinals in men’s play at the Boca Chica Beach Volleyball Tournament, the second leg of the 2013 NORCECA Beach Circuit.

In men’s competition, Chaim Schalk of Red Deer, Alta., and Ben Saxton Calgary and Christian Redman and Maciej Zbyszewski of Toronto are in the final four with Brad Keenan and John Mayer of the U.S., and Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros of Mexico.

Schalk/Saxton won 21-18, 21-19 over Avery Drost and Will Montgomery of USA-B while Redman/Zbyszewki outlasted Luis Rodriguez and Francisco Arredondo of DOM-C by scores of 21-10, 21-12.

In Sunday’s semifinals, Redman/Zbyszewski will play against Virgen/Ontiveros while Keenan/Mayer will battle Schalk/Saxton.

It was a similar story on the women’s side as the two Canadian entries also won their two matches Saturday to qualify second in their respective pools with 3-1 win-loss records and advance to quarterfinals.

 Jamie Broder of Victoria and Kristina Valjas of Toronto dominated Honduras’ Gina Flores and Martha Euceda 21-8, 21-10 and Orellana-Ramirez 21-15, 21-16 in Pool A, while Heather Bansley and Elizabeth Maloney of Toronto won 21-12, 21-7 over Deborah Constanzo and Karla Montilla of Dominican Republic-B and 21-15, 21-8 against Peguero-Agramonte.

Competition ends Sunday.,