Jamie Broder (Victoria, BC) and Kristina Valjas (Toronto, ON)
Lucerne, Switzerland,Canada’s Jamie Broder (Victoria, BC) and Kristina Valjas (Toronto, ON) swept Austria’s Stefanie Schwaiger and Barbara Hansel 2-0 (21-18, 21-15) in the bronze medal game at the inaugural Lucerne Open on Sunday. This medal is the team’s second in as many tournaments.
Broder and Valjas, Fuzhou Open gold medalists late last month, recovered nicely after their first defeat in 12 consecutive victories of this year’s FIVB World Tour in the semi-finals.
“This second medal within 14 days proves that the win at Fuzhou wasn’t just a lucky strike. Now we want to hunt our next medal at the Prague Open next week,” Kristina Valjas said.
Broder also sees their second consecutive medal in this year’s FIVB World Tour as an important step in the right direction. “We are so excited to come away with bronze here in Lucerne! Coming off of our win in China we knew that teams would have us on their radar, and our play needed to be strong. I’m so proud of our execution at crucial times during the tournament, and our composure under pressure. Our teamwork and belief kept us fighting for every point, and we are looking forward to a successful season ahead,” said Broder.
Also in Lucerne, Melissa Humana-Paredes (Toronto)/Taylor Pischke (Winnipeg) finished 17th. In the men’s main draw, Josh Binstock/Sam Schachter (both Richmond Hill, ON) and Garrett May (Scarborough, ON)/Dan Dearing (Toronto) also ranked 17th; while Ben Saxton (Calgary)/Chaim Schalk (Red Deer, AB) were 25th.