Canada’s Taylor Pischke Optimistic After 0-3 Start With New Partner

  0 Braden Keith | February 15th, 2017 | Beach, FIVB Majors Series, FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

Canadian beach volleyball player Taylor Pischke kicked off her new partnership with Kristina May (formerly Kristina Valjas) at the Ft. Lauderdale with a tie for 25th place and a $2,000 payout.

The new pairing went 0-3 in their pool play matches, but Pischke kept a positive attitude calling it a “fun week of playing and learning” with her new partner in an Instagram post.

What a fun week of playing and learning with @kstinav. It wasn't quite enough to advance to the next round but we are so excited for what this season will bring for us as a new team. Just the beginning 🙆🏼. Thanks to all the supporters!#blockersturneddefenders #teamwork #beachvolleyball #fivbworldtour

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The 23-year old Pischke played last season with Melissa Humana-Paredes, who was the FIVB’s top rookie in 2014. Humana-Paredes didn’t play in the season-opener in Ft. Lauderdale with her new partner, 2016 Olympian Sarah Pavan.

May is the only partner other than Humana-Paredes that Pischke has played with at the international level. At 30 years old, May becomes the veteran in her new pairing – after finishing 9th at the Olympic Games last summer as part of Canada’s other Rio pairing.

May echoed her new partner’s optimism after the team’s first day of play:

Although we took both our matches to three sets today, we couldn't quite pull out a W. Tomorrow is a new opportunity to keep building and a chance to make the elimination rounds. We will take on another German team at 1:30pm! Let's do this!! @taylor_pischke

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The Team’s Ft. Lauderdale Results:

  • S. Ross/Sweat (USA) def. Pischke/May 2-1 (21-16, 15-21, 15-12)
  • Grossner/Walkenhorst (GER) def. Pischke/May 2-1 (21-14, 15-21, 15-4)
  • Ittlinger/Mersmann (GER) def. Pischke/May 2-0 (21-18, 21-17)

The pair spoke with Volleyball Source after their games opening and closing games of pool play where they discussed their new partnership:


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