In a volleyball match which seemed totally bizarre, Canada beat Canada on Saturday to progress to the quarterfinals of the beach volleyball tournament in the Rio Olympics.
“We are two separately functioning entities, we don’t really hang out normally so I honestly think nothing was different,” Sarah Pavan said after she and Heather Bansley eliminated Kristina Valjas and Jamie Broder, 21-16, 21-11 to advance to Sunday’s quarter-finals against Germany.
“It is unfortunate. I know we both wanted to go far and we obviously didn’t want to match up so early but we did and once that happened, we were like, ‘this is just another team in our way,” She added.
There was not a lot new as the women’s teams often meet in global tournaments each season.
“We play on tour all year against each other so it’s not that unusual, we do meet up in tournaments and it’s just another team,” said Broder.
“It’s unfortunate we met up so early, I think we’re both very strong and had the capabilities to go very far in this tournament but, that’s kind of the way it goes,” She added.