Volleyball round-up at World University Games




SHENZHEN, China - Caleigh Whitaker of Sharon, Ont., and Kristina Valjas of Toronto remain undefeated through pool play in women's beach volleyball at the World University Games.

The Canadians downed China 2-1 (19-21, 21-16, 15-9) to close the preliminary round with a 3-0 mark. The Canada 2 team of Kristina Vlcek of Toronto and Becky Billings of Ottawa evened its record at 1-1 with a 2-0 (21-19, 21-14) win over Japan. Both teams advance to the double-elimination second round, with their matchups to be determined. 

In men’s beach volleyball, Canada’s two teams were forced to face off in the opening match of the double elimination portion of the tournament, with the Canada 1 squad of Simon Fecteau-Boutin of Lévis, Que., and Cameron Wheelan of Barrie, Ont., winning 2-0 (21-7, 21-18) over Canada 2’s François-Guy Allaire of Notre-Dame-du-Laus, Que., and Michael Plantingua of Langley, B.C. Canada 1 lost its next match to Germany 1 (21-16, 21-15) but remains alive in the competition, while Allaire and Plantingua were eliminated from competition with a 2-0 loss to Germany 2 (21-18, 21-15).

On the court, Canada fell to 0-2 in the tournament in women's play with a 3-1 (27-25, 15-25, 22-25, 22-25) loss to Taiwan (2-0). Montreal’s Marie-Sophie Nadeau and Victoria’s Shanice Marcelle led Canada with 14 kills apiece. The Canadians next play France on Tuesday at 6 a.m. ET to close out pool play but will not advance to the medal round.