Canada Sarah beach volleyball Pavan, quarterfinals Melissa Humana-Paredes – .

Canada Sarah beach volleyball Pavan, quarterfinals Melissa Humana-Paredes – .

TOKYO – Canada sent its second team to the quarterfinals of the women’s beach volleyball tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.
Torontonians Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., Beat Spain’s Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan 2-0 in the round of 16 on Monday.

The Canadians dominated the Spanish duo 21-13, 21-13.

Humana-Paredes and Pavan will face Australians Mariafe Artacho Del Solar and Taliqua Clancy in the quarterfinals.

Heather Bansley of London, Ont., And Brandie Wilkerson of Toronto, face Latvians Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

The reigning world champions Pavan and Humana-Paredes haven’t lost a set in Tokyo, winning their three group matches 2-0.

Canada did not qualify a duo on the men’s side of the beach volleyball event.

Pavan and Humana-Paredes have dominated since their first partnership five years ago. They have reached the finals of 14 international events and won seven, including the 2019 world title and a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

That world title qualified Pavan and Humana-Paredes for the Tokyo Olympics two years ago, then the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the Games by a year.

The opening set was tight for the first 14 points, but then the Canadians started to crush their Spanish opponents.

Pavan in particular dominated, getting four blocks in a 7-1 streak that gave the Canadiens a 14-7 lead.

The Canadians did not give up in the second set, quickly taking an 11-4 lead.

A Humana-Paredes spike just inside the demarcation line made it 20-11 before ceding two points to Spain. A return of Humana-Paredes on the fingers of his opponent sealed the victory for Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 2, 2021.


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