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Grimalt M./Grimalt E. (CHI) vs. Pfretzschner, L./Winter (GER) - Pool B #5943199

Esteban and Marco high five after winning a point during Pool B play

They had to work hard for it, but Chilean Marco and Esteban Grimalt had a successful day in Edmonton, Canada, on Friday, when the main draw of the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Challenge tournament held in the city began.

The Chilean cousins won a pair of tie-breakers at the Fan Park and were among the six men’s teams that topped their pools and advanced to the Round of 16 of the event.

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Coming from a fifth-place finish at the Gstaad Elite16 two weeks ago, Marco, 34, and Esteban, 32, kept their good form in Edmonton, prevailing in a pair of tough duels against European teams to finish at the top of Pool B.

In their first match in Edmonton, the Grimalts had to grind to secure a 2-1 (21-15, 19-21, 15-8) victory over Germans Lukas Pfretzschner and Sven Winter. Later, in the ‘pool final’, the South Americans had some difficulties against the new Dutch team of Christiaan Varenhorst and Leon Luini at the start, but again managed to pull off a win, beating their opponents in the tie-breaker (14-21, 21-13, 15-13).

Grimalt M./Grimalt E. (CHI) vs. Pfretzschner, L./Winter (GER) - Pool B #5943198

Marco beats the German block during their opening match in Edmonton

**Beach Pro Tour Edmonton Challenge – Match Schedule and Results**

Pool A winners were Italians Paolo Nicolai and Samuele Cottafava, who only had to play one match on Friday. The two produced a 2-1 (25-23, 19-21, 16-14) win over Spanish veterans Pablo Herrera and Adrián Gavira in their first encounter and won the second by forfeit as Brazilians Pedro Solberg and Gustavo ‘Guto’ Carvalhaes couldn’t get on the court to play.

The United States had two teams topping their pools in Edmonton. One of them was formed by Tri Bourne and his Canadian-born partner Chaim Schalk, who were the top duo in Pool E. The Americans started the day with a three-set (25-23, 18-21, 15-11) win over Swiss Adrian Heidrich and Leo Dillier and ended it with a sweep (21-16, 21-18) of Australians Izac Carracher and Mark Nicolaidis.

Schalk/Bourne (USA) vs. Heidrich/Dillier (SUI) - Pool E #5945762

Schalk and Bourne hug after a point won during the main draw

Taylor Crabb and Taylor Sander were the other American tandem to finish first in their Pool, F. After posting two wins on Thursday’s qualifier, they got another two on Friday, in the main draw, overcoming Canadians Arran Chambers and Liam Kopp in straight sets (21-16, 21-15) and Ukrainians Sergiy Popov and Eduard Reznik in the tie-breaker (21-19, 17-21, 16-14).

Also coming from the qualifier, Austrians Martin Ermacora and Philipp Waller were the top team in Pool D. The two started the main draw with a big two-set (21-18, 21-18) victory against Espinho Challenge winners Theo Brunner and Trevor Crabb of the United States and maintained the good form in the second match of the day, overcoming Norwegians Mathias Berntsen and Hendrik Mol in another two-setter (21-18, 21-13).

I vincitori della sesta e ultima pool di Edmonton sono stati i giovani francesi Arthur Canet e Teo Rotar. I campioni del mondo U19 2021 hanno battuto due squadre australiane nella loro pool play, ottenendo una vittoria in tre set (18-21, 21-14, 18-16) contro Thomas Hodges e Zach Schubert nel loro primo incontro e dominando Chris McHugh e Paul Burnett con uno sweep (21-17, 21-10) nel loro secondo match della giornata.

Con 18 delle 24 squadre che hanno iniziato il torneo ancora in lizza, i turni eliminatori iniziano sabato: gli ottavi di finale, gli ottavi di finale e i quarti di finale si giocheranno durante la giornata. Le semifinali e le partite per le medaglie si terranno domenica a Edmonton.

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