Remarkable 5th place for Saxton/SchalkSTARE JABLONKI, Poland (July 6 2013) – Ben Saxton of Calgary and Chaim Schalk of Red Deer, Alta., continued a remarkable trend for Canadian beach volleyball on Saturday placing fifth at the FIVB World Championships.
The first-year Canadian pair opened the day upsetting sixth-seeds Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs of Latvia 21-15, 21-18 in the round of 16. The Latvians were one of the hottest teams coming into the worlds with two silvers and a victory at the last three FIVB World Tour stops.
A couple of hours later n the quarterfinals, Saxton and Schalk faced second-seeds and Olympic silver medallists Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego of Brazil and provided another tough battle falling 21-17 22-20.
This is the third straight strong result for Canada at an FIVB world championship this season. At the FIVB U21 World Championships two weeks ago, Grant O’Gorman of Toronto and Aaron Nusbaum of Aurora, Ont., won the silver. In May, Taylor Pischke of Winnipeg and Melissa Humana-Paredes of Toronto earned the bronze at the FIVB U23 World Championships.
The performance also continued a strong season for Saxton and Schalk. They opened 2013 with two bronze medals on the NORCECA (North and Central America and Caribbean) circuit, were fifth at the FIVB World Cup and posted two 17th place finishes on the World Tour.
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