July 12, 2014,(ISN) – A Canadian women’s team finished fifth, and a men’s team finished
ninth in the rankings at the Gstaad Beach Volleyball Grand Slam in Switzerland this
The women’s team of Sarah Pavan (Kitchener, ON) and Heather Bansley (Waterdown, ON)
had a good run in Gstaad, finally falling to the third-ranked Czech team of Kolocova
and Slukova 1-2 (21-19,19-21,9-15) in round 3. Pavan and Bansley also had a fifth
ranking at the Prague Open earlier this year. The Canadian pair of Jamie Broder and
Kristina Valjas ended up 25th at Gstaad.
Chaim Schalk of Red Deer, AB, and Ben Saxton of Calgary advanced to the second round
and then were defeated by a Dutch pair (Stiekema-Varenhorst ) 0-2 (16-21, 19-21) on
“Gstaad has been good to us once again. We played some great volleyball beating some
high-level teams,” said Schalk. They placed ninth also at Gstaad in 2013, and this
is the pair’s third ninth ranking this year – they finished in the same position at
FIVB events in Norway and Shanghai. “We are, however, not satisfied and are looking
to break through to the quarters and semis of some upcoming events, that’s the
The double-gender US$800,000 FIVB Gstaad Grand Slam runs until Sunday July 13 when
the men’s and women’s medal matches take place. It is the ninth event and the fifth
Grand Slam on the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar that features nine
Grand Slams and 11 Open tournaments.
The 2014 World Tour began at the Fuzhou Open in China in April and concludes at the
Durban Open in South Africa in December. Next up on the World Tour calendar is the
Transavia Hague Grand Slam which runs from July 15-20.