2012 Beach Nationals
Just as the 2012 Summer Olympics have ended, we now turn our volleyball attention back home. Vancouver's Spanish Banks will be hosting the 2012 Canadian Beach Volleyball Nationals this weekend from August 17th - 19th, 2012. Check out the seeds for the men's and women's senior division one teams below.
Women's Senior Division 1 Seeding
Men's Senior Division 1 Seeding
You'll notice that Canadian Olympian Martin Reader is not playing in this competition. He is recovering from a small injury from London and therefore parter Josh Binstock will be teaming up with Canadian Men's Indoor National Team member Steve Gotch. Binstock and Gotch manage to grab the 2nd seed behind last year's champions .
A little bit of an odd seeding on the women's side. What stands out for me is that the defending champions Kacie MacTavish and Julie Rodrigue are seeded third. They have played in eight FIVB World Tour stops this year and won the event last year. Their finishes this year bounce between 41st and 33rd. Compare that to the #2 seed of Broder-Valjas who competed in 5 World Tour stops this year, and also had results of either 41st or 33rd. I guess no weight in the seeding is given to the defending champions.
The matches begin tomorrow, Friday August 17th at 9:00 a.m. PST (12:00 p.m. EST). Check out the following page for updates. I will be in New York City this weekend and will be unable to follow the tournament live. Check back on Sunday for final results.
Just got a heads up as to how team Broder-Valjas is seeded higher. Broder-Valjas played more NORCECA stops and finished higher at those stops as well as some FIVB Challenger and Satellite events. Also, whenever they played in the same tournaments as MacTavish-Rodrigue, they finished higher. Thanks to Everett for texting me about this.
|Hatch-Schachter||def.||Schalk-Zbyszewski||2-1 (19-21, 21-16, 18-16)|
|Redmann-Saxton||def.||O'Gorman-Pedlow||2-0 (21-15, 21-19)|
|Humana-Paredes-Pischke||def.||Bansley-Maloney||2-1 (21-16, 19-21, 21-19)|
|Broder-Valjas||def.||MacTavish-Rodrigue||2-1 (21-19, 17-21, 17-15)|