Canada's women's beach volleyball team advances to quarter-finals

Canada's women's beach volleyball team won pool A with a perfect record through the preliminary round to advance directly to the quarter-finals.

Humana-Paredes, Pischke finish 3-0 in preliminary round

Canada's Taylor Pischke, right, and teammate Melissa Humana-Parades breezed through to the quarter-finals of women's beach volleyball by going undefeated through the preliminary round. (Bernard Weil/Getty Images)

Canada's women's beach volleyball team won pool A with a perfect record through the preliminary round to advance directly to the quarter-finals at the Pan Am Games.

Toronto's Melissa Humana-Paredes and Winnipeg's Taylor Pischke defeated Uruguay, which also had a perfect record prior to Wednesday's match, for their third consecutive straight-sets victory. 

Eugenia Nieto and Fabiana Gomez dropped the first set 21-15 and the second set 21-14.

The Canadians will begin the knockout rounds on Saturday. As they are the first to win their pool, their opponent and match time is yet to be determined. 

Men rebound with easy victory

Canada's men's beach volleyball duo made quick work of the Guatemalans in their second match of the preliminary round on Wednesday afternoon.

Top-seeded Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter easily claimed their first straight-sets victory of the Pan Am Games, taking both sets 21-9 over Luis Garcia Betancourt and Julio Recinos Ocana. 

The Canadian pair, who hail from Richmond Hill, Ont., rebounded after a close opening match on Tuesday night. The 16th-seeded Nicaraguans gave the host nation's team more than it was expecting in a close 2-1 game. 

The men's team concludes preliminary-round action Thursday at 9 p.m. ET against Uruguay. 


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