Three Canadian pairs in quarterfinals at under-21 beach volleyball worlds

HALIFAX – Top-seeds Garrett May and Danny Demyanenko of Toronto and sixth seeds Fiodar Kazhamiaka of Waterloo, Ont., and William Sidgwick of Toronto advanced to the quarterfinals in men’s competition Friday at the FIVB World under-21 beach volleyball championships.

Meanwhile on the women’s side, top-seeds Victoria Altomare and Melissa Humana-Paredes of Toronto are into the quarterfinals as well after losing their opening two round robin matches on Thursday.

Altomare and Humana-Paredes, the top-seeds, won their final round robin early Friday over Martie Tauboll and Camilla Nergard of Norway 21-10, 21-9. Then in the round of 16, they bounced Teresa Andessner and Christina Wallinger of Austria 21-14, 21-15.

Alexandra Hudson of Mississauga, Ont., and Charlotte Sider of St. Stephen, N.B., and Sarah Gosselin of Granby, Que., and Sara Robichaud of Gatineau, Que., did not advance to the playoff round.

On the men’s side, May and Demyanenko defeated Oliver Kaszas and Sebastian Kaszas of Denmark in the round of 16, 18-21, 21-16, 15-12. Earlier Friday, the Canadians had lost their final round robin match to finish at 2-1.

Meanwhile Sidgwick and Kazhamiaka are undefeated so far. After completing the round robin at 3-0 they defeated Henry Glockner and Dominik Stork of Germany in the round of 16, 21-13, 21-15.

Nick Del Bianco and Ben Chow of Surrey, B.C., also advanced to the playoff round with a 2-1 mark but lost to Haralds Regza and Armands Abolin of Latvia in the round of 16 and did not advance.

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