May 30,2014(ISN) – ANAPA, Russia – Kacie MacTavish and Caleigh Whitaker, both of Sharon, Ont.,
equalled their best result this season on the FIVB World Tour beach volleyball
circuit on Friday with a ninth place finish.
The 13th seed Canadians went 2-1 in round robin action to place second in their
pool. In the first playoff match held Friday morning MacTavish and Whitaker
defeated 17th seeds Cindy Treland and Janne Pedersen of Norway 21-17-24-22.
Their run ended in the second round against number-two seeds Xue Chen and Xia Xinyi
of China 23-21, 19-21, 15-11.
”Kacie and I are happy with our second top-10 finish this season and that we are
developing more consistent results,” said Whitaker. ”We are continually striving
to attain even better finishes this season.”
Victoria Cowley of Toronto and Kerri Smit of Shubenacadie, N.S., were also in the
main draw and went 0-3 in the round robin.
On the men’s side, Sam Pedlow of Barrie, Ont., and Grant O’Gorman of Toronto were
1-2 in the round robin while Mike Plantinga of Langley, B.C., and Cameron Wheelan of
Barrie were 0-3. Both teams finished fourth in their respective pools and did not