Canadians Nusbaum and O’Gorman headed to bronze medal match at beach volleyball world juniors

UMAG, Crotia - Aaron Nusbaum of Aurora, Ont., and Grant O'Gorman of Toronto (in photo)  finally met their match in Saturday’s semifinal after a tremendous run at the world junior beach volleyball championships and could still come home with a medal.

Nusbaum and O’Gorman, the eighth seeds, strung together five consecutive wins before falling in Saturday’s semifinal to Andreas Takvam and Runar Sannarnes of Norway 15-21, 21-15, 15-10. It was the third playoff match of the day for the Canadian pair.

In the round of 16 they eliminated Maciej Rudol and Pawel Pelka of Poland 21-17, 21-16 then knocked out Lorenz Petutschnig and Tobias Winter of Austria 21-23, 25-23, 15-13 in a 55-minute match. Nusbaum and O’Gorman were 3-0 in round robin play this week.

It was also a great week for Canada’s other entry of Danny Demyanenko and Andrew Kocur, both of Toronto, seeded 23rd, who made it to the quarterfinals. In the round of 16 they took Italian pair Nicola Tiozzo and Gregorio Vanin 21-16, 21-13 then lost to the same Norwegian pair that would eliminate Nusbaum and O’Gorman 21-14, 21-18..

Demyanenko and Kocur won two matches in qualifying to advance to the main draw and were 2-1 in the round robin.

Nusbaum and O’Gorman, ninth at last year’s world juniors, face an opponent to be determined later today for the bronze on Sunday.