Three Canadian teams into round of 16 at world youth championships
PORTO, Portugal – Canada’s two entries in men’s play finished the round robin with perfect 3-0 records and the Canadian women’s pair is also headed to the round of 16 at the beach volleyball world youth championships.
In men’s play Friday, the incredible run by 23rd seeds Aaron Nusbaum of Aurora, Ont., and Grant O’Gorman of Toronto continued as they collected two more victories to finish first in their pool.
Nusbaum and O’Gorman defeated 11th seeds Chris Van Mullem and Midas Snoek of the Netherlands 21-17, 21-14 then beat 14th seeds Paora Morunga and Morgan Seymour of New Zealand 21-15, 21-13. Including their qualifying matches, Nusbaum and O’Gorman are 6-0 in tournament play so far.
Meanwhile Nick del Bianco of Surrey, B.C., and Garrett May of Toronto (on photo), seeded 18th, are scoring upsets as well. They surprised sixth seeds Fernando Silva and Sebastiao Alves of Portugal 21-12, 21-10 and bounced 19th seeds Pavel Matejka and Petr Doubravsky of the Czech Republic 21-17, 21-13. They stunned the number-seven Americans on Thursday
In the round of 16,Nusbaum and O’Gorman face the 24th seeds Artem Kuchurenko and Maxim Anufriev of Russia. The Russians were 2-1 in the round robin. May and Del Bianco face eighth seeds Tiziano Andreatta and Michele Barratto of Italy, 1-2 in the round robin.
In women’s competition, 19th seeds Jennifer Cross and Melissa Humana-Paredes, both of Toronto, lost their final round robin match to finish at 1-2 for third in their pool and a berth in the round of 16. They face number-11 Rebecca Silva and Juliana Simoes of Brazil on Saturday.