By Jackie Skender
Aug. 30, 2015 : Chaim Schalk of Red Deer, Alberta, and Ben Saxton of Calgary won a bronze medal today at the Beach Volleyball World Tour’s Olsztyn Grand Slam in Poland.
Chaim Schalk of Red Deer, Alberta, and Ben Saxton of Calgary won a bronze medal
In the bronze medal match, the Canadian team ended a run of five losses to Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik of Germany to win the medal. Schalk scored the winning point for the 2-0 (21-18, 21-17) victory. It is their second 2015 World Tour medal – they won silver at the Yokohama Grand Slam.
“They always play tough against us and we’ve taken our time to figure them out, plus we are playing a higher level than we have in the past,” Schalk told fivb.org.
Saxton added: “We’re improving as the results show and hopefully we’ll continue to thrive.”
World champion duo Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt of Brazil won their fifth consecutive FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour gold when they defeated Americans Jacob Gibb and Casey Patterson in Olsztyn, also today. Alison/Bruno Schmidt battled Schalk and Saxton in the semis 2-1 (19-21, 21-19, 15-9) to advance to the final.
Canadians Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter (both Richmond Hill, ON) were 17th in Poland this week.
On the women’s side, Kristina Valjas (Toronto) and Jamie Broder (Victoria) had a good run in Poland, losing to the eventual winners (Larissa/Talita of Brazil) in the quarterfinals to finish fifth; and Sarah Pavan (Kitchener, ON) and Heather Bansley (Waterdown, ON) finished ninth.
So far this year, Canadian women have combined for six World Tour medals (one gold, two silver, three bronze) while the men have won three (two silver, one bronze).