Josh Binstock and Martin Reader in main draw on beach world tour
MYSLOWICE, Poland (April 25, 2012) – Josh Binstock of Toronto and Martin Reader of Toronto earned three hard-fought wins in qualifying Wednesday to advance to the main draw at the second stop on the FIVB World Tour circuit in beach volleyball.
Binstock and Reader, in their first season together, defeated Oliveira Evandro and Silva Harley of Brazil 29-27, 24-22 in the third round of qualifying to grab one of the eight available spots for the main draw which starts Thursday.
The Canadians opened the tournament beating David Kufa and Ondrej Pida of the Czech Republic 21-14, 21-14. A couple of hours later they edged Sam Boehm and Isaac Kapa of Austria 22-24, 21-15, 15-13.
Maverick Hatch of Comox, B.C., and Sam Schachter of Toronto came agonizingly close to joining Binstock and Reader in the main draw losing their third round qualifier to Andy Cès and Kevin Cès of France 21-16, 19-21, 18-16.
Matt Zbyszewski of Toronto (in photo) and Chaim Schalk of Red Deer, Alta., as well as Christian Redmann of Toronto and Ben Saxton of Calgary were eliminated in the second round of qualifying.
Meanwhile in Sanya, China, all three Canadian entries in qualification did not advance although two came very close.
Julie Rodrigue of Quebec City and Kacie MacTavish of Sharon, Ont., lost in the third and final round of qualifying to Emilia Nystrom and Erika Nystrom of Finland 16-21, 21-16, 15-13 while Jamie Broder of Victoria and Kristina Valjas of Toronto also lost in the third round to Madelein Meppelink and Sophie van Gestel of the Netherlands 21-14, 20-22, 15-9.
‘’The Nystrom girls are a good team and it’s their defence that made the difference today,’’ said Rodrigue. ‘’Still we are happy with our play. It’s the highest level of competition we have faced this year.’’
In the second round, Broder and Valjas eliminated Marie-Andrée Lessard of Ville LaSalle, Que., and Annie Martin of Sherbrooke, Que., 22-24, 21-18, 17-15.
Heather Bansley and Liz Maloney of Toronto had a bye to the main draw which starts Thursday. They are seeded 15th and open against Meppelink and van Geistel. It was the Dutch women who eliminated the Canadians last week in the third round at the season opening event in Brazil.
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