Canadian men to battle for spot at beach volleyball World Cup
TORONTO (November 28, 2012) – Canadian Olympians Josh Binstock of Toronto and Martin Reader of Comox, B.C., will be on different teams at the Canadian trials for the inaugural beach volleyball World Cup this Friday and Saturday (November 30-December 1) at the Beach High Performance Facility at Downsview Park in Toronto.
Binstock will team up with Maverick Hatch of Comox, B.C., while Reader and Sam Schachter of Toronto, a world junior champion two years ago, are combining forces for this tournament. Canada’s two other entered teams are Christian Redmann of Toronto and Matt Zbyszewski of Toronto and Chaim Schalk of Red Deer, Alta., and Ben Saxton of Calgary (in photo).
“We are trying to balance doing well at trials and not throwing off our off season training plans too much,” said Redmann. “It's definitely adding another element to our off season.”
In Friday’s semifinals, Redmann- Zbyszewski face Binstock and Hatch at 7:30 p.m. followed by Schalk-Saxton versus Reader- Schacter at 8:30 p.m. The final is on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
“Defensively we look really good,” said Schalk to volleyballsourcemag.com about his new all-Alberta partnership with Saxton. “Ben is one of the top blockers and works well with my defence around him as well. We’re going to work hard, have fun and hopefully that works out well for us.”
On the women’s side, Liz Maloney and Heather Bansley of Toronto have already locked up the World Cup spot. They were Canada’s top-ranked international team all season.
The FIVB World Cup final will be held January 9-13 in Brazil and will offer more than $300,000 in cash prizes.
The Trials will be live streamed on the www.volleyballsourcemag.com website.
Schedule consists of two semi-final matches on Friday Nov 30th and a final on Saturday Dec 1st. The match schedule is below:
Friday November 30th (Semi-Final Matches):
7:30PM - Redmann/Zbysewski vs. Binstock/Hatch
8:30PM - Saxton/Schalk vs. Reader/Schachter (There will be a minimum of 30 minutes warm-up time on the match court following the first semi-final).
Saturday December 1st (Final Match):
6:30PM - Final (Winners of the two semi-final matches)
For more information: www.volleyball.ca