Canadian pairs eliminated in qualifying at world junior beach volleyball championships


ALANYA, Turkey – The qualifying round went down to the wire for Mike Plantinga of Langley, B.C., and Will Sidgwick of Toronto but they just fell one win short of advancing to the main draw on Wednesday at the world junior beach volleyball championships.

Plantinga and Sidgwick, seeded 10th in the qualifying round, won their first match Wednesday morning over seventh-seeds Yngve Are Antonsen and Jorn Olav Gamlemoen of Norway 21-16, 19-21, 15-8. Later in the final round, they lost to Aliaksandr Dziadkou and Yauhen Vishneuski of Belarus 21-13, 21-16.

In women’s qualifying, Victoria Altomare of Toronto and Rebecca Crosier of Ottawa, also seeded 10th, lost their opening match to number-seven Daria Paszek and Renata Bekier of Poland 21-17, 21-16.

Canada has two teams in the main draw. For the men, Sam Schachter and Garrett May, both of Toronto and for the women Shanice Marcelle of Victoria and Caleigh Whitaker of Sharon, Ont. 

May placed fourth at the world youth championships this past summer with Nick del Bianco of Surrey, B.C. May and Schachter are seeded 18th and are in pool L with sixth-seeds Safak Sezer and Caner Turhan of Turkey, seventh-seeds Daniil Kuvichka and Grigory Goncharov of Russia and 19th seeds and Luis Raul Sandoval and Julio Cesar Alvarez of Costa Rica.

Marcelle and Whitaker were fourth in senior play at the beach nationals in August. They are seeded 14th and are in pool A with 11th seeds Taylor Laird and Nicole Donovan of Australia, 13th seeds Fabi Boogaerdt and Julia Schmidt of Brazil and a qualifying team.

The top-two in each pool plus four wildcards advance to the playoff round.

Main draw action gets underway Thursday.