Toronto’s Redmann and Van Huizen head to playoffs on beach volleyball World Tour

MOSCOW – Christian Redmann and Richard Van Huizen of Toronto advanced to the playoff round despite two losses on Friday at the fifth stop on the beach volleyball World Tour circuit. 

For the women, Marie-Andrée Lessard of Ville LaSalle, Que., and Annie Martin of Sherbrooke, Que., were eliminated in the first round of their playoff.

After upsetting the sixth-seed German pair on Thursday to open the round robin, Redmann and Van Huizen lost to 11th seeds Harley Marques Silva and Pedro Solberg Salgado of Brazil 21-14, 21-17 and 22nd seeds Matthew Fuerbringer and Nicholas Lucena of the U.S., 23-21, 21-19.

The Americans win the pool at 3-0 and advance directly to the second round of the playoffs (round of 16). The 27th seeded Canadians and Brazilians meanwhile head to the first playoff round on Saturday. Redmann and Van Huizen face number-17 Casey Jennings and Bradley Keenan of the U.S.

In women’s play, Lessard and Martin were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs falling to 13th seeds Simone Kuhn and Nadine Zumkehr of Switzerland 21-19, 21-18.   The Canadians, seeded 22nd, had beaten the Swiss in their previous two encounters.

“We played a good match today (Friday),” said Lessard. “It was close but they served deep which made it hard for us to organize an attack at the net. Overall for the tournament, we’re pleased with our performance. We gained a lot of momentum (by winning some matches).”

The Canadian pair opened the tournament by winning its two qualifying matches then went 1-2 in the main draw in round robin. They will rank 17th.