Schalk, Saxton earn berth in World Cup Beach Volleyball Final
Schalk and Saxton defeated Christian Redmann and Matt Zbyszewski 24-22, 21-18. It was the second big win this fall for the Alberta pair who took gold at a stop on the NORCECA circuit in late September.
“We tried to keep the same strategy,” said Schalk. “And that was not to give up any long point runs. We weren’t quite as consistent as yesterday, and at times sloppy, but Christian’s service put us into trouble at times.”
The contest was held indoors at the Beach High Performance Facility at Downsview Park in Toronto.
The FIVB World Cup final is scheduled for January in Brazil and will offer more than $300,000 in cash prizes. Schalk and Saxton plan to travel to California before the event to get some valuable outdoor training time.
“Our block defence this weekend here was very good,” said Saxton. “We want to improve on the consistency of our serves, and to especially serve hard on a more consistent basis as well.”
On the women’s side, Liz Maloney and Heather Bansley had already locked up the World Cup spot. They were Canada’s top-ranked international team all season.