July 12, 2014)ISN) - : It was another exciting day of beach volleyball action in North Bay, Ontario, as teams from the NORCECA (North America, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation) region battled it out on the sand. When all was said and done, four Canadian teams remain in contention for medals tomorrow.
On the women’s side, the yet unbeaten team of Melissa Humana-Paredes of Toronto and Taylor Pischke of Winnipeg (CAN1); and Victoria Altomare of Toronto and Julie Gordon of Barrie, ON (CAN4), won quarter-final matches today to stay alive. Conditions were mixed as the competition progressed this afternoon: "The wind really picked up in the end there, so serving was a really big key in this match – putting the serves in the court is huge, and we were happy with how that went,” said Julie Gordon, after beating Canadian teammates (17-21, 21-14, 16-14) Claudia Séguin of Saint-Pascal Baylon, ON, and Brandie Wilkerson of Toronto, ON (CAN3). “Victoria and I are especially excited because this is our first semi-final together on the NORCECA tour.” Kacie MacTavish and Caleigh Whitaker, both of Sharon, ON (CAN2) fell to a U.S. team today 2-0 (26-24, 21-12) in their quarter-final match. Representing Canada in the men’s semis tomorrow are Sam Pedlow of Barrie, ON, and Grant O’Gorman of Scarborough, ON (CAN1); and Josh Binstock, a 2012 Olympian, with Sam Schachter, both of Richmond Hill, ON (CAN2). It was Canada versus Canada in one men’s quarter final as Pedlow and O’Gorman advanced 2-0 (24-22, 21-13), over Cam Wheelan of Barrie, ON, and Michael Plantinga of Langley, BC. "When we started the match it was super windy and those guys are a very good team to play in the wind. So when the wind died down, it was really in our favour, and that’s when the momentum changed in the match,” said O’Gormon, after the quarter-final win. “We’re all friends off the court, so it’s tough playing your friends on the court. You learn how to separate volleyball from your actual life – it was intense because we know they can battle with us. It’s a great atmosphere." Binstock and Schachter defeated El Salvador 2-0 (21-8, 21-13) today to advance. James Battiston of Mississauga, ON, and Simon Fecteau-Boutin Lévis, QC, (CAN4) lost to Puerto Rico 2-0 (21-19, 21-13) in their quarter-final match. “It’s really great to see the sport showcased in front of an enthusiastic Canadian crowd. Our teams here have the opportunity to play a lot of matches, even against each other in a competitive setting, so it creates an environment in which we are able to learn a lot about our performance,” explained Canada’s beach volleyball head coach, Steve Anderson. “I was encouraged by the results and at the same time we are able to learn a lot about what we have to work on moving forward.” Full results are listed below, and more info can be found on www.norceca.net. (http://www.norceca.net) The event, which also serves as a test event for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, is co-hosted by Volleyball Canada and the Vision Volleyball Club of North Bay. Fans crowded Marathon Beach on Lake Nipissing today to check out the international volleyball competition. Finals begin at 9 am Sunday, and the medal ceremonies will be held in the afternoon. Women’s Results Saturday Pool A: USA-A d GUA 2-0 (21-14, 21-11), CAN-D d GUA 2-0 (21-9, 21-12), USA-A d ESA 2-0 (21-10, 21-18), CAN-B d ESA 2-0 (21-11, 21-19). Final Positions Pool A: USA-A (4-0), CAN-D (3-1), CAN-B (2-2), GUA (1-3), ESA (0-4). Pool B: CAN-A d HON 2-0 (21-4, 21-7), USA-B d CRC 2-0 (21-12, 21-18), CAN-C d JAM 2-0 (16-21, 21-17, 15-4), USA-B d JAM 2-0 (21-11, 21-12), CAN-A d CRC 2-0 (21-17, 21-11), CAN-C d HON 2-0 (21-10, 21-9). Final Positions Pool B: CAN-A (5-0), USA-B (4-1), CAN-C (3-2), CRC (2-3), JAM (1-4), HON (0-5). Women’s Quarterfinals: USA-A d CRC 2-0 (21-17, 21-12), USA-B d CAN-B 2-0 (26-24, 21-12), CAN-D d CAN-C 2-1 (17-21, 21-14, 16-14), CAN-A d GUA 2-0 (21-8, 21-6). Women’s Semifinals: USA-A v USA-B, CAN-A v CAN-D Men’s Results Saturday Pool A: CAN-C d CAY 2-0 (21-8, 21-12), PUR d GUA 2-0 (21-13, 21-11). Final Positions Pool A: PUR 3-0, CAN-C (2-1), GUA (1-2), CAY (0-3). Pool B: USA-A d BAR 2-0 (21-16, 21-10), CAN-D d CRC 2-1 (21-18, 17-21, 15-11), CAN-B d BAR 2-0 (21-11, 21-11), USA-A d CRC 2-0 (21-11, 21-15). Final Positions Pool B: CAN-B (4-0), USA-A (3-1), CAN-D (2-2), CRC (1-3), BAR (0-4). Pool C: CAN-A d ESA 2-0 (21-16, 21-14), CAN-A d ISV 2-0 (21-6, 21-6), USA-B d ISV 2-0 (21-11, 21-8), ESA d BAH 2-0 (21-12, 21-11). Final Positions Pool C: CAN-A (4-0), USA-B (3-1), ESA (2-2), BAH (1-3), ISV (0-4). Men’s Quarterfinals: USA-A d USA-B 2-0 (21-19, 21-15), PUR d CAN-D 2-0 (21-19, 21-13), CAN-A d CAN-C 2-0 (24-22, 21-13), CAN-B d ESA 2-0 (21-8, 21-13). Men’s Semifinals: USA-A v PUR, CAN-A v CAN-B