Canadian Teams Qualify at Beach Volleyball Grand Slam

(Oct. 08, 2013) Three Canadian beach volleyball teams qualified for the main draw of the São Paulo Grand Slam on Tuesday in Brazil.

On the men’s side, Grant O'Gorman (Scarborough, ON) and Sam Pedlow (Barrie, ON) beat the Austrian team of Dressler-Kunert (22-24, 22-24). Comox, British Columbia's Maverick Hatch and Christian Redmann of Oro Station, ON, also qualified after a 2-0 (21-9, 21-14)win over Del Coto and Bianchi of Argentina.

Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter, both of Richmond Hill, Ontario, fell to an Italian team 14-21, 17-21.

Canada also had one women’s team entered today: it took three sets (21-16, 20-22, 15-12), but Jamie Broder of Victoria, BC, and Kristina Valjas of Toronto won over a Russian team (Moiseeva-Syrtseva) to move forward at this event.

This tournament in Brazil runs through to Sunday, and is the ninth of 10 grand slams. More information, including full results, on the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball season is available at FIVB.org.