Canadians stay in medal contention at international beach volleyball tournament

CHENNAI, India – Three of the four Canadian teams in action at the FIVB Chennai Challenge beach volleyball tournament are still in medal contention as this week’s competition winds down to its final stages.

In women’s play both Canadian teams are still alive. Canadian champions Heather Bansley and Liz Maloney, both of Toronto, lost their quarterfinal match to third seeds Jana Kohler and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany 17-21, 22-20, 15-9 for their first loss of the tournament. They face top-seeds Liesbeth Mouha and Goedele Van Cauteren of Belgium in the repechage quarterfinal on Friday.

‘’We didn't play like we know how to,’’ said Bansley. ‘’We made too many errors on our end, and it cost us.’’

Julie Rodrigue of Quebec City and Katherine Zakrzewski of Toronto defeated Joanna Papageorgiou and Christina Roubanis of Greece in their repechage 21-19, 26-24. They face Heather Hughes and Michelle Moriarty of the U.S., in the repechage quarterfinal.

In men’s competition, Canadian champions Martin Reader of Comox, B.C., and Chaim Schalk of Red Deer, Alta., are headed to the repechage semifinal after a win and a loss on Thursday. Reader and Schalk lost their quarterfinal to Murat Giginoglu and Hakan Gogtepe of Turkey 21-19, 16-21, 15-12. 

But the pair rebounded in the repechage quarterfinal eliminating second seeds Thomas Kaczmarek and Nils Rohde of Germany 21-18, 21-15. They face the 25th seed Iranians in Friday’s repechage semifinal.

Ben Saxton of Calgary and Steve Marshall of Abbotsford, B.C., lost their second match and were eliminated. They place 13th overall.