Pavan and Bansley advance to playoffs

 STARE JABLONKI, Poland (July 3, 2013) – Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., and Heather Bansley of Toronto are headed to the knockout round at the FIVB World Championships in beach volleyball.

The first-season pair defeated Mariafe Artacho and Jessyka Nqauamo of Australia in their third and final round robin match 21-12, 17-21, 15-7. Pavan and Bansley seeded 42nd, finish second in Group G with a 2-1 record to automatically advance to the round of 32.

Jamie Broder of Victoria and Kristina Valjas of Toronto went 0-3 in round robin play and do not advance.

In men’s play, Ben Saxton of Calgary (in photo) and Chaim Schalk of Red Deer, Alta., evened their record at 1-1 to stay in contention.  They defeated Sebastian Fuchs and Thomas Kaczmarek of Germany 21-18, 21-10.  Their third match is Thursday.

Full results: www.fivb.org