Down to the wire for Canadians Redmann and VanHuizen on World Tour

ROME – Christian Redmann and Richard VanHuizen of Toronto will be in a must win situation on Friday after a tough loss in round robin play on Thursday at the third stop on the FIVB World Tour beach volleyball circuit.

Redmann and VanHuizen, seeded 24th, lost to eighth-seed Benjamin Insfran and Bruno Oscar Schmidt of Brazil 21-17, 22-24, 16-14 in 63 minutes. The Canadians drop to 0-2 and now face 25th seeds Emiel Boersma and Joppe Paulides of the Netherlands, also 0-2, on Friday with a berth in the repechage for the round of 16 on the line.

‘’We’ve had two close losses so far and it’s hard to accept right now,’’ said Redmann who finished ninth with his partner last year at the world championships. ‘’Again we faced some adversity today late the match but it’s something we have to learn to fight through. That’s why you got to try and win the match before it gets down to 14-14.’’

With the match tied at 14-14 in the third set, the Canadians felt the official made the wrong call on their serve that went out of bounds close to the line. The Brazilians won the match on the next serve.

‘’We know we can play better,’’ said Redmann. ‘’As the season goes on and we get into game speed we feel we can take some big steps over the next few weeks.’’

The Dutch pair have had a similar route as the Canadians and also lost two close matches in the round robin.

‘’They are a very big team with one guy at 6’9’’ and the other at 6’7’’, said Redmann. ‘’We’ve trained against them and they are very good players. They’ll be as hungry as we are to advance.’’