Two Canadian teams advance to main draw at beach volleyball World TourPRAGUE – (May 23, 2012)Josh Binstock of Toronto and Martin Reader of Comox, B.C., as well as Christian Redmann of Toronto and Ben Saxton of Calgary advanced on Wednesday to the main draw at a stop on FIVB World Tour in beach volleyball.
Both teams are looking to be the top-two Canadian pairs on the Tour by mid-June so they can compete at the Continental Cup Olympic qualifier.
Binstock and Reader won three matches in qualifying. They defeated two Italian pairs including Andrea Tomatis and Matteo Martino, 21-14, 21-14 in the second round as well as Dawid Popek and Michal Makowski of
‘’Our first match was shaky but we still battled through,’’ said Binstock. ‘’That carried momentum for the next two matches. We knew the Polish team would be good and we didn’t take them lightly. For the main draw, we know we have it in us to get a top-10 result.’’
Redmann and Saxton advanced to the main draw for the first time this season with wins over Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak of
‘’Our first opponent was atop-ranked junior team and they played well,’’ said Redmann. ‘’We had to grind it out and we capitalized on a couple of their mistakes at the end of the third set. We came out strong and we kept on their right side player who appeared pretty tired.’’
Redmann and Sexton had a first round bye.
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Main draw action starts Thursday.