Pavan/Bansley win first match

CORRIENTES, Argentina (May 22, 2013) – Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., and Heather Bansley of Toronto won their first match together on Wednesday to open the third stop on the FIVB World Tour beach volleyball circuit and advanced to the main draw.

Pavan and Bansley defeated Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Dépré of Switzlerand in their qualifying match 14-21, 29-27, 15-13 in 54 minutes, the longest match of the day in women’s competition.

Pavan is a star with the national indoor team member and one of the top players in the world. This past winter she played for Unilever in the Brazilian Pro League and helped them to the league title. This summer she will play on the beach pro circuit.

Bansley formed one of Canada’s strongest beach partnerships with Liz Maloney of Toronto for the past few seasons.

‘’We showed grit,’’ tweeted Bansley. ‘’Goal 1 complete,’’ added Pavan. ‘’Time to get better with every match.’’

Canada’s other entries Jamie Broder of Victoria Kristina Valjas of Toronto as well as Kacie MacTavish and Caleigh Whitaker of Sharon, Ont., did not advance. Broder and Valjas had qualified for the main draw at the opening two events.

On the men’s side, all four Canadian pairs did not advance to the main draw. They were Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk of Red Deer, Alta; Christian Redmann and Josh Binstock of Toronto; Maverick Hatch of Comox, B.C., and Sam Schachter of Toronto and Ryan DeBruyn of Ottawa and Simon Fecteau-Boutin of Montreal.

Competition continues Thursday.

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