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FIVB: Aland Finland 2012 (Women)

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Fresh off the Canadian National Beach Championships, we are back on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.  We have four Canadian teams participating in this women's only event this week in Finland.  Last year, the Paf Open was a dual gender event and Canada sent two women's and two men's teams.  This year, the event is women's only and returning to Aland is Bansley-Maloney who finished 17th in the 2011 event.  Full team lists, results and live streams below.

Canadian Teams in Finland

Canada Altomare-Vlcek
Canada Bansley-Maloney
Canada Broder-Valjas
Canada Whitaker-MacTavish

Results and Live Streams after the break.

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FIVB: Berlin Grand Slam (Men and Women)

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Fresh off the Olympic Trials at Ashbridges Bay in Toronto, three teams have flown out directly to Berlin for this week's stop on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.  Christian Redmann and Ben Saxton are the only Canadian team on the men's side of the tournament while Liz Maloney and Heather Bansley as well as Kacie MacTavish and Julie Rodrigue are representing Canada for the women.

Redmann-Saxton and Bansley-Maloney are both coming off of tough losses in Toronto to the new members of the Canadian Olympic Team: Josh Binstock, Martin Reader, Marie-Andrée Lessard and Annie Martin.  Liz and Heather are the only Canadians with direct entry into the main draw this tournament, the others will be entered into the qualification round.

Canadian Men's Teams in Berlin

Canada Saxton-Redmann

Canadian Women's Teams in Berlin

Canada MacTavish-Rodrigue
Canada Bansley-Maloney

Qualifier Results

Men's Qualifier Round One

Canada Saxton-Redmann def. Russia Yutvalin-Likholetov 2-1 (21-23, 21-14, 15-12)

Men's Qualifier Round Two

Canada Saxton-Redmann def. Austria Huber-Seidl 2-1 (21-17, 20-22, 15-13)

Women's Qualifier Round One

Canada MacTavish-Rodrigue def. Estonia Bratuhhina N.-Bratuhhina P. 2-0 (21-17, 21-19)

Women's Qualifier Round Two

Brazil Vieira-Lili def. Canada MacTavish-Rodrigue 2-1 (22-24, 21-13, 15-12)

Main Draw results and live video streams after the jump.

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FIVB: Beijing Grand Slam (Men and Women)

Beijing City Skyline (Photo: Wikipedia)

We are still in China on the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.  The Beijing Grand Slam is this week's tournament and for the first time this year, Canada will not have a single team directly entered into the main draw.  Four women's teams and three men's teams will be competing in Beijing with two Canadian men's teams waiting on the reserve list.  For the third time this year we might see a Canadian team eliminate another Canadian team in the tournament.  The last two happened on the women's side of the game with a second round elimination of Lessard-Martin by Broder Valjas in Sanya, China and Lessard-Martin eliminating MacTavish-Rodrigue in the second round of qualification in Brasilia.  In Beijing, if Maverick Hatch and Sam Schachter as well as Josh Binstock and Martin Reader win their first round qualification matches, they will be playing each other in the second round.

As always, teams, results, matches and live streams posted below.

Canadian Women's Teams in Beijing

Canada Bansley-Maloney
Canada Lessard-Martin
Canada MacTavish-Rodrigue
Canada Broder-Valjas

Canadian Men's Teams in Beijing

Canada Saxton-Redmann
Canada Hatch-Schachter
Canada Binstock-Reader

Live streams, results and brackets after the jump.

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