Canadians Heather Bansley and Elizabeth Maloney win NORCECA beach tournament

OTTAWA – For the second time this season, a Canadian pair has won a NORCECA beach volleyball tournament.

Heather Bansley and Elizabeth Maloney of Toronto defeated Yarleen Santiago and Dariam Acevedo of Puerto Rico in the championship final 26-24, 21-14 in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. Earlier the Canadians had beaten American pair Tealle Hunkus and Heather Lowe in the semifinal 18-21, 21-16, 15-6.

It was a first career victory for Bansley and Maloney.

“We are very excited,” said Maloney, who won a bronze with her partner earlier this season on the circuit. “We worked very well in defence throughout the tournament and it gave us the gold.”

Julie Rodrigue of Quebec City and Katherine Zakrzewski of Toronto, NORCECA winners earlier this season as well, took the bronze beating the Americans 23-21, 21-19.

On the men’s side, Sam Schachter of Richmond Hill, Ont., and Ray Sewell of Calgary took fourth spot dropping the bronze medal match to Orlando Irizarry and Robert Rodriguez of Puerto Rico 14-21, 21-17, 15-12.

Canadian official in Africa: The Nigeria Volleyball Federation has organised the first Beach Volleyball Clinic for African Confederation Zone 3 countries to help African national federations get a better understanding on how to efficiently run Beach Volleyball tournaments. FIVB Instructor Andre Trottier from Quebec will help run the course which will mainly focus on competition organization, specifically in relation to the Continental Cup, part of the FIVB’s new qualifying system for the 2012 London Olympic Games.