Canadians advance to main draw at world junior beach volleyball championships

UMAG, Croatia - Danny Demyanenko (in red in photo) and Andrew Kocur, both of Toronto, posted two victories in Wednesday’s qualifying to advance to the main draw at the world junior beach volleyball championships.

Demyanenko and Kocur, seeded fifth in qualifying, had a first round bye then defeated 12th seeds Mikk Markus Sihver and Renee Teppan of Estonia 21-19, 21-18 and upset fourth seeds Anton Sidorenko and Nikita Kuzmin of Russia 21-14, 21-18.

In the main draw, Demyanenko and Kocur, will join Aaron Nusbaum of Aurora, Ont., and Grant O'Gorman of Toronto Toronto who had a bye to the main draw after finishing ninth last year in Portugal.

In women’s qualifying, Emily Kawaguchi and Lily MacLeod, both of Toronto, lost their opening match and were eliminated. Nova Bozinoski of Burlington, Ont., and Sydney Krizmanich of Carlisle, Ont., start in the main draw on Thursday.

The 24 teams for both men’s and women’s play have been divided into six four-team pools for round-robin on Thursday and Friday with the top two teams in each pool along with the best four third place teams advancing to the single-elimination bracket phase that will begin on Saturday.