FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championship

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Canada and Russia all set for pool win decider


Canada's Sam Schachter (photo) and Josh Binstock are confident for the pool win decider against Russia

Sochi, Russia, July 8, 2016 – Canada and Russia will have a pool win ‘showdown’ on Saturday since both countries remained unbeaten on Friday at the FIVB World Continental Cup Olympic Qualifier in Sochi. The Canadian men defeated Kazakhstan 2-0 while the host country won both matches against Morocco.

The prize in the pool win decider is a berth in the semifinals on Sunday and a day off, while the numbers two and three have to play a quarterfinal against the other pool.

“We’re excited”, said Josh Binstock about the upcoming battle against Russia. “They are both good teams and we are good as well. So we’re excited for the challenge and we’re up for it.”

Binstock and Sam Schachter defeated Kazakhs Alexey Kuleshov and Dmitriy Yakovlev 21-15, 21-18 while Sam Pedlow and Grant O’Gorman set aside Alexandr Dyachenko and Alexey Sidorenko 21-18, 21-16.

On Saturday Binstock and Schachter will take on veterans Dmitri Barsouk and Nikita Liamin, who defeated Morocco’s Zouheir Elgraoui and Mohamed Abicha 2-0 (21-14, 21-18), and Pedlow and O’Gorman face Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Artem Yarzutkin. The Russian youngsters showed no mercy with Adil Bsina and Mohamed al Hachdadi on Saturday (21-9, 21-8).

Binstock: “We haven’t played the young guys, but we don’t play them first anyway. So hopefully we don’t have to and we take care with two-nothing. We played Barsouk and Liamin a couple of times and we are looking forward to another challenge.”

Binstock and Schachter were close twice this year to booking a flight to Rio. First they missed out on qualifying through the World Tour Olympic ranking by just a few points and two weeks ago they lost the NORCECA Continental Cup final to Cuba.

But the form is there, Schachter said. “We’re feeling good. We are fairly confident going into this tournament. We have had a few battles already. We have been challenged and it’s nice to stay sharp in an event like this when you have to go and play hard on the last day and hopefully we stay strong.”

Venezuela and Kazakhstan will fight for third place in pool A. Both teams have one win and two losses and will meet each other on Saturday. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

Quick links:
FIVB World Continental Cup Olympic Qualification - Website
Men - Results/Schedule
Women - Results/Schedule


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