Betsi Flint, Emily Day; Stafford Slick, Billy Allen Win Silver, Bronze in Edmonton
Canada and America have always had an amicable relationship. Neighbors, you know? So while the U.S. has been a friendly host to Canadians this year – Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan made the finals of AVP Huntington, Chaim Schalk is currently in contention for AVP MVP and got his first win in Seattle – Canada has, in turn, been quite friendly to the U.S. as well.
Two medals will be returning home from Edmonton, site of a Three-Star this week. Emily Day and Betsi Flint only dropped a single set before the finals, cruising through five straight matches to make the gold medal match unscathed. They met, of course, the home favorites in Humana-Paredes and Pavan, Canadian natives and currently one of the hottest teams in the world.
In the wake of a World Championship victory, Humana-Paredes and Pavan looked very much the part of a World Championship team, beating Day and Flint, 21-11, 21-16 to win gold on their home turf.
It was yet another first for the Canadians, who are currently authoring the history of Canadian beach volleyball. After becoming the first Canadian team to win a world tour medal, the first Canadian team to win the Commonwealth Games, the first Canadian team to win a World Championship, they are now the first Canadian team to win an FIVB gold medal on Canadian soil.
Which isn’t bad.
The silver for Flint and Day, though, is equally as big, just not quite as historic. After taking a silver in Sydney in March, they’ve taken a 17th and have gone 0-3 in country quotas, missing on Ostrava, Warsaw and Gstaad. The silver is their second medal, and second of the same color, on the season.
Edmonton also marked the second medal for Billy Allen and Stafford Slick as well. They’re making quite the ascent lately, taking ninth at World Champs, picking up wins over Ilya Leshukov and Konstantin Semenov and Evandro and Bruno while pushing Alison and Alvaro and Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai to three each.
In Edmonton, their only loss came to eventual champs Nico Beeler and Marco Krattiger, and they made a quick recovery afterwards, sweeping Italians Alex Ranghieri and Marco Caminati, 21-13, 21-16 for bronze.
It makes it three medals on the weekend for the U.S., supplemented by a silver from Sarah Sponcil and Kelly Claes in Espinho. A good weekend for the U.S. and, yes, a good weekend for the neighbors up north.
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