Reader\Schalk, Maloney/Bansley crowned champions at beach volleyball nationals

TORONTO – Martin Reader of Comox, B.C., and Chaim Schalk of Red Deer, Alta., won the gold medal in men’s senior competition while Liz Maloney and Heather Bansley of Toronto were crowned the women’s champions on Sunday at the Canadian beach volleyball championships.

In men’s competition, Reader and Schalk defeated Richard Van Huizen and Christopher Redmann of Toronto in the championship final 21-14, 26-24. Both teams played regularly this season on the FIVB World Tour circuit.

Reader and Schalk were 2-2 in the round robin finishing third in their pool but delivered a strong playoff not losing a set in four matches.

Matt Zbyszewski and Josh Binstock of Toronto took the bronze medal match over Maverick Hatch of Toronto and Jessi Lelliott of Kelowna, B.C., 20-22, 21-11, 15-11.

In the women’s final, Maloney and Bansley defeated Liz Cordonier and Jaime Broder of Vancouver 21-16, 17-21, 15-10. Earlier this season, Maloney and Bansley won a tournament on the NORCECA circuit and this weekend they went 3-0 in the round robin and 4-0 in the playoffs.

Cordonier was named this past spring the CIS’s female athlete of the year for her exploits in indoor volleyball with the University of British Columbia.

In the bronze match, Marie-Christine Mondor of Mascouche, Que., and Melanie Savoie of Quebec City defeated Caleigh Whitaker of Sharon, Ont., and Shanice Marcelle of Vancouver 21-15, 21-17.

Competition was held in a various age groups from under-14 on up.

Full results at: http://www.volleyball.ca/content/championships