Canadians win the bronze medal at world junior beach volleyball championships

UMAG, Croatia – Aaron Nusbaum of Aurora, Ont., and Grant O'Gorman of Toronto won the bronze medal Sunday at the FIVB world junior beach volleyball championships.

Nusbaum and O’Gorman, the eighth seeds, defeated number-10 Benjamin Lerch and Dennis Lerch of Switzerland 21-15, 23-25, 15-13 in a 53-minute third place match. The Canadians, ninth at last year’s world juniors, finished the tournament with an impressive 6-1 record.

“The match was very entertaining, up and down and lots of pressure,’’ Nusbaum said. ‘’You're one point down and you want to get that side out to tie it back up. We missed the side out and that's it, we lost the second set, but came back strong in third to win the last few points in a row so that was a good win for us.’’

‘’My partner sided out very well, had some great receptions, clutch digs and clutch balls.’’

Nusbaum was plased how he and his partner bounced back from the self-described disappointment of not making the final on Saturday.

‘’I think it's great that we are third best in the world on this level and lots of pressure is taken off our shoulders,’’ he said. ‘’We wanted to be in the finals tonight, but we didn't make it, so we made up for that with this match.”

Their only loss was in the semifinal to Andreas Takvam and Runar Sannarnes of Norway. The Norwegians lost to third seeds Maciej Kosiak and Lukasz Kaczmarek of Poland in the final 17-21, 21-19, 15-13.

Canada’s other entry in men’s competition Danny Demyanenko and Andrew Kocur, both of Toronto and seeded 23rd, reached the quarterfinals at this tournament.