Canadians Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas finished ninth at the FIVB Xiamen Beach Volleyball Open that wrapped up this past weekend in China.
Broder (Victoria, B.C.) and Valjas (Toronto, Ont.) were knocked out in the second round of playoffs by U.S. pair Hunkus and Vanzwieten, who went on to win the bronze medal at this event.
Juliana Felisberta Silva and Maria Antonelli of Brazil won their first gold together, beating Wang Fan and Yue Yuan from China, 2-1 (20-22, 21-17, 15-13) at Xiamen on Sunday.
Broder and Valjas had the best finish of the five Canadian teams in China. The other Canadian results: Maverick Hatch and Christian Redmann finished ninth; Grant O’Gorman and Sam Pedlow, 17th; Simon Fecteau Boutin and Alex Corsi Caya, 25th; and women’s team Victoria Altomare and Julie Gordon were 17th.
With the Grand Slam portion of the 2014 FIVB World Tour now complete, the tour now continues with four more FIVB Open events. The tour will travel to Argentina for the FIVB Parana Open (Oct. 28-Nov. 2) before heading to Doha for the male-only FIVB Qatar Open (Nov. 4-8). India will then host the double-gender FIVB Vizag Open (Nov. 25-30), before the 2014 calendar comes to a close in South Africa with the double-gender FIVB Mangaung Open (Dec. 9-14).