Nunavut men’s beach volleyball team earns tight win over Yukon at summer games

Women’s team falls to NL squad; playoffs open Thursday

Ian McDonald goes for the ball, backed by teammate Aiden Anawak, in Tuesday’s beach volleyball win for Nunavut over Yukon at the Canada Summer Games. (Photo by Denis Cahill, special to Nunatsiaq News)

By Nunatsiaq News

The Nunavut men’s beach volleyball team made it into the win column at the Canada Summer Games Tuesday, earning a victory in a tight, three-set match against Yukon.

The duo of Aiden Anawak and Ian McDonald dropped the first set 21-18, but rebounded to take the second set 21-16 and then won the tiebreaker 15-12.

Competing in Pool C that also includes Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan and Yukon, the Nunavut men’s record sits at one win and two losses.

They were due to play again Tuesday in a 6:30 p.m. match against Northwest Territories. The outcome will affect how they will place in the playoffs, which start Thursday.

Also Tuesday, Nunavut’s women’s bech volleyball team kept it close in both sets but lost to Newfoundland Labrador 23-21, 21-15.

“We were there, and we just made a few key decisions that weren’t in our favour and it cost us that match,” said coach Rob Tomyn. “Losing 23-21 is nice, but winning 23-21 is nicer.

“That wasn’t quite our best performance.”

The team, made up of Talia Grant and Shawna Kyak, has a record of one win and two losses in Pool F, which also includes PEI, Yukon and NL. Their playoffs also start Thursday.

The games run from Aug. 6 to 21 at venues around Ontario’s Niagara region.






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