Season best result for Lessard and Martin on beach volleyball World Tour circuit
MARSEILLES, France – Marie-Andrée Lessard of Ville LaSalle, Que., and Annie Martin of Sherbrooke, Que., posted a win and a loss for the second straight day to land their best result this season on the beach volleyball World Tour circuit finishing in 13th place.
The Canadians defeated Rieke Brink-Abeler and Angelina Grun of Germany 16-21, 21-15, 15-10 to advance to the third round before falling to the Schwaiger sisters from Austria 21-18, 21-13. Lessard and Martin posted a 2-2 record in tournament play this week.
In men’s competition, Christian Redmann and Richard Van Huizen of Toronto enjoyed a strong start to main draw play upsetting ninth seeds Andy Ces and Kevin Cès of France 14-21, 21-17, 15-8. They faced another tough opponent in the second round in eighth seeds Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins of Latvia and lost 23-21, 21-13.
The tournament is a double elimination format, therefore Redmann and Van Huizen continue on Friday against seventh seeds Emiel Boersma and Richard Schuil of the Netherlands.