Photo via FIVB
Photo via FIVB

Canada earns another beach volleyball Olympic berth

Canada will have a second men’s beach volleyball team at Rio 2016.

In the FIVB World Continental Cup Tournament semifinals on Sunday, the Canadian squads of Josh Binstock/Sam Schachter and Grant O’Gorman/Sam Pedlow needed a golden set after splitting their respective matches with the Venezuelan teams.

John Binstock and Sam Schachter were defeated by the Venezuelan duo / Photo via FIVB

John Binstock and Sam Schachter were defeated by the Venezuelan duo / Photo via FIVB

In the first match, Binstock/Schachter started strong but lost 2-1 (13-21, 21-19, 15-13) to Rolando ‘Peter’ Hernandez/Jose ‘Tigrito’ Gomez.

Pedlow/O’Gorman then defeated Jesus Villafane/Jackson Henriquez 2-0 (21-15, 21-12), setting up a deciding set. In the the golden set, Pedlow/O’Gorman edged Hernandez/Henriquez 15-11 to earn Canada a Rio spot.

« We knew this tournament was going to be a challenge with everyone hoping to book the last two spots to Rio, » Pedlow told Volleyball Canada. « We came in just trying to play steady and build momentum as the event went on. I thought we did a great job of playing free and just going for it when the opportunities presented themselves. »

Sam Pedlow, Grant O'Gorman celebrate the victory in the golden set / Photo via FIVB

Sam Pedlow, Grant O’Gorman celebrate the victory in the golden set / Photo via FIVB

The victory in the final qualifier means Canada will have a maximum four teams over the men’s and women’s competition, joining Brazil, the United States and the Netherlands as the only nations with the maximum player quota qualified.

Binstock/Schachter and O’Gorman/Pedlow will decide who will join Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk in Rio in a play-off in North Bay, Ontario on July 16. The winning team will complete in Pool A with Alison/Bruno (BRA), Carambula/Ranghieri (ITA) and Doppler/Horst (AUT) in Rio.

Sam Schachter, Josh Binstock, Sam Pedlow and Grant O'Gorman celebrate the Olympic berth at the FIVB World Continental Cup, July 10 / Photo via FIVB

Sam Schachter, Josh Binstock, Sam Pedlow and Grant O’Gorman celebrate the Olympic berth / Photo via FIVB