Canada's top stars to battle for titles at beach volleyball nationals

TORONTO- 256 beach teams have flocked to Ontario’s Capital and Ashbridges Bay for the 2011 Beach National Championships. Teams representing 9 provinces and 1 territory are competing for the National title across 6 different divisions for both genders. Teams are competing in the 14&Under, 16&Under, 18&Under, 21&Under, as well as Senior Divisions 1 and 2.

Many of Canada’s top teams have taken time from the busy FIVB schedule to fight for National supremacy in both senior first divisions. Our women’s pairs will open the day on Centre Court at 9 AM, with the first semi-final featuring the first seed, Liz Maloney and Heather Bansley who will be in for a tough fight against Caleigh Whitaker and her partner Kristina Valjas.

The next match beginning at 10 AM will display the talents of Kacie Mactavish and Julie Rodriguem who will be taking on one of the youngest teams in Division 1, Melissa Humana-Paredes and Victoria Altomare. Melissa and Victoria will be heading to Halifax next week to represent Canada in the 2011 Junior World Championships, where they are Canada’s top female team.

The women’s medal matches will be featured on the Centre Court, 1 PM for the bronze medal match, and 3 PM for the gold medal match.

Squaring off in tomorrow’s semi-final on the men’s side, number 1 ranked team, Ben Saxton and Christian Redmann will be taking on veteran Rich Van Huizen and his partner for the weekend, Chaim Schalk, on Centre Court at 11 AM

Immediately following, two-time champions Josh Binstock and Matt Zybszewski will be taking on the young team of Maverick Hatch and Sam Schacter at noon.

Men’s bronze and gold medal matches will start at 2 PM and 4 PM respectively, on the Centre Court.

Other Senior Divison notables are 2010 Junior World Champion, Garrett May, and his partner Danny Demyanenko, 5th at the 2011 Youth World Championships, who lost a tight match to the team of Anton Hauser and Mark Gatto, from Ontario, in three sets. Garrett and Danny will also be representing Canada in Halifax, once again as our top seed.

Our senior teams won’t be the only ones going for Gold. All 84 courts will be in use to determine our tops teams at each age group. Come check out all the action down at Ashbridges Bay!