• December 5, 2021

Bansley, Wilkerson come out on top in all-Canadian beach volleyball duel at Ostrava Beach Open

Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson came out on top versus fellow Canadians Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes by a score of 2-1 (25-23, 14-21, 15-9) at the Ostrava Beach Open on Thursday.

Bansley (Toronto) and Wilkerson (Toronto) were able to close out a tight first set, but were challenged quickly once Pavan (Kitchener, Ont.) and Humana-Paredes (Toronto) turned the tide of the match with a seven-point win in the second set.

Bansley and Wilkerson rose to the occasion in the final set, returning the favor with a six-point victory, picking up their second victory of the day.

Bansley and Wilkerson won their first match of the day 2-1 (21-17, 22-24, 15-10) over Italy’s Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Osri Toth.

Pavan and Humana-Paredes were victorious in their first match the day by a score of 2-1 (21-17, 19-21, 15-12) versus the Netherlands’ Katja Stam and Raïsa Schoon.

Canadians Megan and Nicole McNamara continued their winning ways with a two-set victory over Latvia’s Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka, with a final score of 2-0 (22-20, 21-17) earlier in the day.

Their second match resulted in a 2-0 (21-15, 21-15) loss to Russia’s Nadezda Makroguzova and Svetlana Kholomina. On the men’s side, Grant O’Gorman from Scarborough and Ben Saxton from Calgary beat Jan Pokersnik and Nejic Zemljak of Slovakia 2-0.

The cruised to a 21-16 and 21-13 to earn the triumph. In the second game of the day for the pair, they had a much closer match versus Marco Krattiger and Florian Breer of Switzerland as they earned a 2-1 win.

They lost the first set 21-15 but rallied to win the second 22-20 and the tie-breaking set 15-12.

Steve Carr

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