WCH: Melissa Humaña-Paredes & Sarah Pavan are WORLD CHAMPIONS
Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humaña-Paredes are the 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Champions after defeating the USA’s April Ross and Alix Klineman 23-21, 23-21 in the Gold Medal Match in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday July 6th.
Their World Championship is the first FIVB World Championship medal ever for Canada, indoor or beach.
The win is even sweeter as the two teams had previously met twice this season - in the finals of the AVP Hermosa event and the Finals of the Itapema 4-Star in Brazil, with the Americans taking both matches in 3 sets.
Pavan & Melissa went undefeated through pool play despite some rocky play - going to three-sets twice with Russia and the USA. Including the nail bitter 2-1 win over the surprise Swiss team of Nina Betschart & Tanja Hüberli, which the pair called “one of the toughest matches we’ve ever played”, they were 3-0 in third-sets, and 7-0 during the 10-day tournament.
On top of all that - the pair will be playing their first event in Canada July 17th - 21st when the FIVB World Tour comes to Northlands Park in Edmonton.
Head over to our Edmonton 2019 Homepage to get your Entourage passes and for more information!