Redmann and Saxton advance to main draw at beach volleyball World Tour stop

STAVANGER, Norway – Christian Redmann of Toronto and Ben Saxton of Calgary ploughed through Norwegian rain and won their two qualifying matches Wednesday to advance to the main draw at a stop on the beach volleyball World Tour circuit.

Redmann and Saxton were the 20th seeds in qualifying but upset 13th seeds Yury Bogatov and Serguei Prokopiev of Russia 21-18, 20-22, 15-12 in the first round and fourth seeds Renato Gomes and Jorge Teceiro of Georgia 21-19, 21-16 in the second. 

They earn one of eight available spots that were up for grabs for the 32-team main draw which starts Thursday. Only two of the top 10-seeded qualification teams advanced.

There will be two days of round-robin pool play, with each team playing three matches over the two days to determine the final 24 teams that will head to the single-elimination bracket play on Saturday with the semifinals and medal matches to be played on Sunday.

Josh Binstock and Richard Van Huizen won their opening match in qualifying which meant Canada was the only country with two pairs in the second round but they fell to a French pair and didn’t advance.

In the women’s main draw, Annie Martin of Sherbrooke, Que., and Marie-Andrée Lessard of Ville LaSalle, Que., lost their opening two matches to strong Brazilian pairs. The 21st seed Canadians will need a win in their third match Thursday to have any hope of advancing.


Heather Bansley and Liz Maloney of Toronto lost their opening match in qualifying.