New champions crowned at beach volleyball nationals

 VANCOUVER (August 20, 2012)– Sam Schachter of Toronto and Maverick Hatch of Comox, B.C., as well as Taylor Pischke of Winnipeg  and Melissa Humana-Paredes of Toronto are the new men’s and women’s Canadian champions in beach volleyball.
Pischke and Humana-Paredes defeated defending champions Heather Bansley and Liz Maloney of Toronto in a thrilling final 21-16, 19-21, 21-19 on Sunday afternoon at the 2012 Volleyball Canada Beach Nationals which were held at Spanish Banks Beach.

Jamie Broder of Victoria and Kristina Valjas of Toronto took the bronze 21-19, 17-21, 17-15 over Julie Rodrigue of Quebec City and Kacie MacTavish of Sharon, Ont.

The men’s final was also a nail biter as Schachter and Hatch edged Chaim Schalk of Red Deer, Alta., and Matt Zbyszewski of Toronto 19-21, 21-16, 18-16.

In the bronze medal match, Christian Redmann of Toronto and Ben Saxton of Calgary defeated Sam Pedlow of Barrie, Ont., and Grant O’Gorman of Toronto 21-15, 21-19.

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