The Olympic Games have finally started! We will be creating daily posts with the results of each match and will post links to the live streams. Josh Binstock and Martin Reader kick off their men's beach volleyball pool play against the host nation July 28th at 1:30 p.m. EST. Fellow Canadians Annie Martin and Marie-Andrée Lessard begin their Olympic pool play on Sunday July 29th at 12:30 p.m. EST also against Great Britain.
Women's Pool Play Results
|Holtwick-Semmler||def.||Klapalova-Hajeckova||2-0 (21-16, 21-18)|
|Vasina-Vozakova||def.||Zhang Xi-Xue||2-1 (18-21, 21-14, 16-14)|
Men's Pool Play Results
|Brink-Reckermann||def.||Semenov-Prokopiev||2-0 (21-19, 21-17)|
|Samoilovs-Sorokins||def.||Fijalek-Prudel||2-1 (12-21, 21-15, 15-12)|
Live video streams can be found at the Kill on Two Olympic page.
View all the results for beach volleyball pool play after the jump
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
Canadian Men's Teams in Beijing
Live streams, results and brackets after the jump.
It's time for the first Grand Slam event of the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. Shanghai is a dual gender grand slam taking place this week and one of the many that is on the schedule before this year's Olympics in London. There are six Canadian teams participating in Shanghai, three men's and three women's. All the teams except one will be in the Qualification round that starts today. Elizabeth Maloney and Heather Bansley have enough entry points to get a direct entry into the main draw and will begin their competition later in the week. As always, results, live streams and matches will be posted below.
Canadian Men's Teams in Shanghai
All the Canadian men's teams will enter the tournament in the qualification round.
Canadian Women's Teams in Shanghai
Live streams and results posted after the jump.
This week on the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, the women and men are in different countries. As we posted earlier, the men are in Myslowice, Poland. The women this week are in Sanya, China before meeting up with the men again the following week in Shanghai. The Canadian women playing this week on tour are the exact same as last week. This means that like in Brazil, no one will have to go through the country quota. Also like last week, the team of Lessard-Martin will have to play a fellow Canadian team in their first match. This is getting kind of ridiculous. These teams travel half way around the world, don't have to play each other in the country quota only to draw each other again in the qualifier. Last week Annie and Marie had to play Kacie and Julie while this week they play Jamie and Kristina. Also like last week Elizabeth Maloney and Heather Bansley get enough entry points to receive a direct entry into the main draw and won't play until later in the week.
Canadian Women's Teams in Sayna, China
|Bansley-Maloney||(Direct Entry to Main Draw)|
Live streams, match ups and results available after the jump.
It's time to go back to the beach! The first event of the 2012 FIVB Swatch Beach Volleyball World tour kicks off this week in Brasilia, Brazil. This dual gender event sees nine Canadian teams competing. After last year, we have a bunch of partner switches on our men's teams. Maverick Hatch and Sam Schachter as well as Ben Saxton and Christian Redmann are the only two teams remaining together from the 2011 season. Rich Van Huizen will be playing with Garret May this season. May will be playing in his first Men's World Tour event after placing 4th at FIVB Junior Worlds last year and 1st in 2010. Returning to the World Tour this year is Matt Zbyszewski (Matty Z). Matty played in five events in 2010 with Josh Binstock, but didn't compete last year. Matty will be partnering this season with Chaim Schalk. Each men's team will have to compete in the country quota in order to get into the qualification round.
The Canadian women's teams do not have to play in the CQ. Four teams will compete in the tournament with Elizabeth Maloney and Heather Bansley getting direct entry into the main draw. Recent Canadian Champions Kacie MacTavish and Julie Rodrigue join Marie-Andree Lessard and Annie Martin as well as Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas in the qualification round. Broder and Valjas did play the last event of the season (Phuket, Thailand) together in 2011, but competed with different partners for the others.
Canadian Men's Teams in Brasilia
|Van Huizen-May||134 (CQ)|
Canadian Women's Teams in Brasilia
|Bansley-Maloney||1040 (Main Draw)|
Best of luck to all the Canadian teams down in Brazil this week. As always, check back to Kill on Two for updated results, scores and live video streams.
Results, match ups and live streams after the break.
Sadly, that time has come. The final event of the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is here and we must start to say goodbye to the warm sand. The final event of the tour this year is a women's only event set in Phuket, Thailand. The Phuket Thailand Open will take place from November 1st - 6th, 2011 and Canada is sending four teams to close of the tour. Returning to Thailand to better their 9th place finish from last year, Heather Bansley and Elizabeth Maloney are the highest ranked Canadian team and have enough entry points this tournament to get a direct entry into the main draw. Behind them are Marie-Andrée Lessard and Annie Martin who have had a little bit of a disappointing season starting out with 860 points in their first event of the summer and direct main draw entries for their first four events. Team Lessard-Martin (now with only 320 entry points) will now have to go through the qualification part of the tournament. The remaining two Canadian duos that will be joining Annie and Marie in the qualification round are Victoria Altomare and Caleigh Whitaker and the team of Jamie Lynn Broder and Kristina Valjas.
As always check back to Kill on Two for results, live streams, matches and anything else we can find.
Canadian Teams in Phuket
Results, live streams and more after the jump.
Thursday is here and that means that we are into main draw action over in The Netherlands in this stop of the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. The HP Beach Open sees only one Canadian team remaining in this tournament and that is the women's team of Marie Andree Lessard and Annie Martin. As you would recall, they have direct entry into the main draw thanks to a wild card. Because this is just a regular open tournament and not a grand slam, the main draw is a double elimination format. Matches, results, and live streams below.
Canadians in the Main Draw
Women's Teams to Watch
Men's Teams to Watch
Matches, results and live streams after the jump.
Where has this summer gone? Not too long ago I was writing our first post previewing the first stop of the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. This week we see the last tour stop of the summer coming from the HP Beach Open from The Hague, Netherlands. Covering the FIVB tour for the first time this year has increased my knowledge of the sport greatly and I look forward to next year. On top of that, attending the Jeep Open in Quebec City, Canada was probably one of my more favourite times in my 13 years of volleyball. I look forward to going back next year, and hopefully going to some other events as well.
I'm getting a little ahead of myself here. We do have one more event left this summer as well as two single gender events in the fall that are still technically part of this year's tour. On the Canadian side of things, action is pretty quiet overseas. Most Canadian teams are home for Canadian Beach Nationals this weekend in Toronto. Only one women's and one men's team from Canada will be playing in The Netherlands this week.
Canadian Women in The Netherlands
Canadian Men in The Netherlands
Matches, results and live streams after the jump.
Time sure does fly. Two weeks ago I arrived in Quebec ready for the start of the the FIVB Quebec Jeep Open. Since then we have seen another grand slam event in Poland where some familiar faces took home gold. Now the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is in Austria for the final grand slam of the season at the A1 Grand Slam presented by Volksbank. There are many Canadian teams in Austria including Heather Bansley and Elizabeth Maloney fresh off a 9th place finish in Poland. Canadian Rosters, matches, results and live streams below.
Canadian Women's Teams
Canadian Men's Teams
Matches, results and live streams after the jump.
We are now in main draw action in the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour stop from Stare Jablonki, Poland. Four Canadian teams entered the tournament and only one has made it through to the main draw and they did so by defeating another Canadian team to get there. On the women's side Elizabeth Maloney and Heather Bansley defeated Annie Martin and Marie Andre Lessard to qualify for the main draw. On the men's side of the tournament, both Canadian teams were eliminated in the first round of qualification. Christian Redmann and Ben Saxton lost to the team of Sidorenko-Dyachenko of Kazakhstan while Josh Binstock and Rich Van Huizen were defeated by Austrailians McHugh and Slack. Games, results, scores and live streams below.
Canadian Men's Qualification Results
|McHugh-Slack||def.||Binstock-Van Huizen||2-0 (21-19, 21-16)|
|Sidorenko-Dyachenko||def.||Redmann-Saxton||2-0 (21-16, 21-17)|
Canadian Women's Qualification Results
|Bansley-Maloney||def.||Tsimbalova-Mashkova||2-0 (21-19, 21-16)|
|Lessard-Martin||def.||Inga-Lece||2-1 (21-12, 19-21, 15-11)|
|Bansley-Maloney||def.||Lessard-Martin||2-1 (15-21, 24-22, 15-11)|
Main Draw pools, results and live streams after the jump.