Canadians Pavan and Humana-Paredes win pair to open beach volleyball finals


Canadian duo Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes started off with back-to-back straight-set wins at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals in Sardinia, Italy on Wednesday.

In their first competition since a disappointing Olympics, the fifth-ranked Canadians and reigning world champions seemed determined to prove their quarter-final outing in Tokyo was fluke.

Pavan and Humana-Paredes ended their day by beating top-ranked Brazilian duo, Agatha and Duda, who like the Canadians were upset at the start of the Olympic tournament.

After securing a 21-18 victory in the first set, Pavan and Humana-Paredes needed an extra point to cap their second win of the day by winning the second set 22-20.

While the Brazilians were eliminated in the round of 16 in Tokyo, the Canadians lost a round later to Australians Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar in three sets.

Agatha won the 2015 world championships before taking silver at the 2016 Olympics on the sand at home before teaming up with Duda.

The Canadians also found their place early in their opener, winning the opening set 21-17 over Dutch Madelein Meppelink and Sanne Keizer.

After falling behind in the second set, Pavan and Humana-Paredes rallied to close the match with a 25-23 victory.

WATCH | Pavan and Humana-Paredes beat the Dutch duo in the opening match:

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals: Canada vs. Netherlands

Watch Canadians Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes take on Dutch Sanne Keizer and Madelein Meppelink in the main draw of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals in Cagliari, on the island of Sardinia, Italy. 51:32

After a day off Thursday, Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., And Humana-Paredes of Toronto, face Switzerland’s Anouk Verge-Depre and Joanna Heidrich on Friday at 6 a.m. ET, followed by a game at 2 p.m. ET against the Americans Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil.

The event runs through Sunday, with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and medal matches taking place this weekend.


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