FIVB U23 bronze medallists enjoy best ever World Tour finish
FIVB U23 Beach Volleyball World Championships bronze medallists Melissa Humana-Paredes and Taylor Pischke and Kacie MacTavish and Caleigh Whitaker both cracked the top 10 of an FIVB tournament for the first time.
“It's bittersweet because we know we could have gone further but we still had a great showing and I am happy with the result,” Humana-Paredes said. “We played strong, talented teams so there’s a lot to learn from and to implement into our training.”
As both are 21-years-old Humana-Paredes and Pischke are eligible to compete in this year’s U23 World Championships, which returns to the Polish town of Myslowice following the success of the inaugural tournament there.
Humana-Paredes and Pischke lost to Mexican duo Martha Revuelta and Candelas Bibiana, while MacTavish and Whitaker were knocked out by USA’s Heather Hughes and Christal Engle.
“Kacie and I are pleased with our result finishing in the top 10 as it is our best result thus far,” said Whitaker. “It was great to see so many Canadian teams competing well in the main draw.”
Meanwhile over the border in Guatemala Michael Plantinga and Cam Wheelan finished third at the first NORCECA Antigua Beach Volleyball Tournament.
In the bronze medal match they defeated their fellow Canadians Simon Fecteau-Boutin and James Battiston 2-0 (21-17, 21-14).
“We are happy to get on the podium early this season,” said Wheelan. “This event will be a building block for the rest of the year keeping our game at a high level, making us a constant medal team on the NORCECA Tour and evolving our game for the FIVB tour later in the year.”