Canadian women ousted in qualifying at World Tour

 BEIJING (May 8, 2012) – Two Canadian pairs fell one win short of advancing to the main draw in Tuesday’s qualifying at the fourth stop on the FIVB World Tour circuit in beach volleyball.

Canada’s top-ranked team of Heather Bansley and Liz Maloney of Toronto  as well as Marie-Andrée Lessard of Ville LaSalle, Que., and Annie Martin of Sherbooke, Que., won their opening matches before losing in the second round.

Kacie MacTavish of Sharon, Ont, and Julie Rodrigue of Quebec City as well as Jamie Broder of Victoria and Kristina Valjas of Toronto lost their opening matches.

Bansley and Maloney entered the tournament in 18th spot in the FIVB Olympic rankings.  The 16 highest as of June 18 will qualify for the Olympic Games.  There are two tournaments remaining before the deadline date: June 6-11 in Moscow and June 13-17 in Rome.

The men’s qualifying gets underway Wednesday.  The Canadian entries are: Josh Binstock of Toronto and Martin Reader of Comox, B.C.; Christian Redmann of Toronto and Ben Saxton of Calgary and Maverick Hatch of Comox and Sam Schachter of Toronto.

Canadians can also qualify for the Olympics at the Continental Cup next month.

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