UPDATED: Shapiro, Waltzman Win Bronze Medal in Beach Volleyball at Maccabi Games

Beach volleyball players Aaron Shapiro and Max Waltzman won a bronze medal at the Maccabi Games in Israel yesterday, July 13.

The USA team defeated Mexico 2-0 (21-18 and 21-9)

Both the men’s and women’s USA Junior teams won bronze medals yesterday in beach volleyball.

Shapiro and Waltzman left from New York City with the MaccabiUSA team delegation as the team USA entry in the Junior (under 18) beach volleyball competition.

For the first week, they trained and toured the country visiting and exploring Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Masada, and the Dead Sea.

Opening Ceremonies were July 6.

The beach volleyball competition ran July 9-13 at the Leonardo Beach Resort in Haifa.

 In the days ahead of the tournament, Shapiro and Waltman had the honor of practicing with Josh Binstock of the Maccabi Canada Open Men’s Beach Volleyball team. He is a 2-time time Olympian and his partner, Aaron Nusbaum who is expected to represent Canada in the next Olympics.

On Sunday, Shapiro and Waltzman lost to Brazil 2-0 (21-17, 21-16) in their opening match.

Monday they played Israel1 comprised of that country’s Jr Olympic athletes. They lost 2-0 (21-16, 21-13), but this was one of the smallest point differential Israel1 had in the tournament.

Tuesday was a critical day with two matches for Shapiro and Waltzman.

The first was a comeback 2-1 win over Mexico2 (18-21, 21-15, 15-10) and the second was a 2-0 win over Israel2 (21-8, 21-14).

Tuesday’s wins put the USA duo back into medal contention.

They finished the regular tournament with a 2-1 win versus Mexico1 (22-20, 15-21, 15-3).

That put USA into third place and a Bronze Medal rematch on Thursday against the fourth place Mexico2 team.

Shapiro is a member of the 2016 state champion Framingham High boys volleyball team, and will be a senior in the fall. Waltzman will be a senior at Natick High.

Closing Ceremonies are July 17.

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Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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