Perfect round robin for Canadians at beach volleyball world juniors

ALANYA, Turkey – Garrett May and Sam Schachter, both of Toronto, sailed into the playoff round undefeated with two more straight set victories in round robin play on Friday at the world junior championships in beach volleyball.

May and Schachter complete the round robin with a perfect 3-0 record for first place in their pool and advance to the round of 16. They didn’t lose a set in the round robin and upset the sixth and seventh seeds. Last month, May placed fourth at the world youth championships with Nick del Bianco of Surrey, B.C.

On Friday, May and Schachter, seeded 18th, defeated sixth-seeds Safak Sezer and Caner Turhan of Turkey 21-18, 21-17 then beat 19th seeds Luis Raul Sandoval and Julio Cesar Alvarez of Costa Rica 21-12, 21-17.

“We’re not totally surprised with our performance, we’ve had to play hard to earn our victories,” said May, 18, two years younger than his partner. “Today our defence was much better and we settled down more and stuck to what we do best.”

The Canadians face 13th seeds Helmut Moser and Robert Seidl of Austria in the round of 16. The Austrians were 2-1 in the round robin.

In women’s action, Shanice Marcelle of Victoria and Caleigh Whitaker of Sharon, Ont., earned a third consecutive loss in three sets and were eliminated. After two tight losses on Thursday, the 14th seed Canadians fell to Anna Markova and Anna Alova of Russia, seeded 23rd, 28-26, 19-21, 15-13 in one hour and four minutes, the second longest match in round robin play.

The round of 16, quarterfinals and semifinals are all scheduled for Saturday.