Canadian top-seeds fall short at world junior beach volleyball championships

 HALIFAX (September 1, 2012)– Canada’s two top-seeded teams were eliminated in the quarterfinals on Saturday at the FIVB World Junior Championships in beach volleyball.

Number-one men’s seeds Ben Chow of Surrey, B.C., and Nick Del Bianco of Coquitlam, B.C., opened the day with a round of 16 win over a Mexican pair before meeting their match in eighth-seeds Dominik Stork and Fabian Schmidt of Germany who tookthe quarterfinal encounter over the Canadians 11-21, 21-19, 15-6.

Canada’s two other entries  - sixth-seeds Dallas Keith of Toronto and Garrett May of London, Ont.,as well as Aaron Nusbaum of Aurora, Ont., and Grant O’Gorman of Toronto – lost hteir round of 16 matches.

On the women’s side, number-one seeds Taylor Pischke of Winnipeg and Melissa Humana-Paredes of Toronto lost in the quarterfinals to Drussyla andressa Felix Costa and Rebecca Cavalcanti Barbosa Silva of Brazil 24-22, 24-22.

The world juniors are being held through Sunday at the purpose-built beach volleyball complex on the Salter Lot of the Halifax Waterfront for the second straight year after a wildly successful tournament in 2011.

More information: www.fivb.org and www.volleyball.ca