A remarkable ninth place for Binstock and Reader at World Tour stop
MYSLOWICE, Poland (April 27, 2012) – Josh Binstock of Toronto and Martin Reader of Comox, B.C., (in photo) completed a remarkable run at the second stop on the FIVB World Tour beach volleyball circuit on Friday and will place ninth.
Binstock and Reader, in their first season together after different partnerships last year, were finally stopped by second seeds Matthew Fuerbringer and Nicholas Lucena of the U.S., 21-19, 21-15. It’s the best World Tour showing for both Canadians in their respective careers.
In total the Canadian pair played eight matches over the last three days posting a 6-2 record. They produced three wins in qualifying on Wednesday to advance to the main draw. They were 1-1 on Thusday.
On Friday they defeated Yury Bogatov and Dmitri Barsouk of Russia 24-26, 23-21, 15-11 and Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins of Latvia 22-20, 15-21, 15-12 before falling to the Americans.
‘’It was exhausting and we’re pretty sore right now,’’ said Reader, who is also battling a dislocated toe which requires taping and extra warm-up before every match. ‘’We knew we had to have more patience and stay as calm as possible because of the fatigue.’’
A week ago at the World Tour opener, it wasn’t so rosy for Reader and Binstock after Reader was injured and they were eliminated early in the tournament.
‘’We knew we were capable of this kind of result,’’ said Binstock. ‘’But we don’t put expectations on ourselves. Our goal is simply to win every game. We’re sitting in a good spot right now but there is still a lot of work to do.’'
Binstock and reader are looking to be among the top two Canadian pairs this spring on the Tour in order to qualify for the Continental Cup Olympic qualifier in June.
The third stop on the Tour is next week in Shanghai.
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