Main draw action begins today at the Prague stop on the 2011 Swatch FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. Two of the four Canadian teams have made it through the qualificaiton round. Martin Reader and Chaim Schalk lost first round to Varenhorst-Stiekema from the Netherlands and Christian Redmann and Ben Saxton were defeated in the second round to the Russian team of Romashkin-Hudyakov.
Rich Van Huizen and Josh Binstock made their way to the main draw by defeating Brits Garcia-Thompson-Grotowski in the third round of the qualificaiton round. They are seeded 30th going into the main draw and have their first round match up against the Brazillian powerhouse of Marcio Araujo-Ricardo.
Maverick Hatch and Sam Schachter (playing in their third FIVB event) have also made the main draw by ways of Estonia's Vesik-Jaani. Mav and Sam only had 18 entry points going into this tournament, so making the main draw on their third event together is big for them. They are seeded 32nd of 32 teams and will be playing Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser from The United States. Phil and Todd are ranked first in the world, are defending Olympic gold medalists and have won both men's stops this year on the 2011 FIVB tour.
So both Canadian men's teams have their work cut out for them tomorrow, but getting playing experience against two of the best teams in the world is priceless. Check out the live streams below to watch our Canadian men take on the best in the world tomorrow.
Canadian Teams in the Main Draw
|Binstock-Van Huizen||vs. ||Marcio Araujo-Ricardo||6:00 a.m. EST
|Hatch-Schachter||vs. ||Rogers-Dalhausser||5:00 a.m. EST
Live stream links after the jump.