Canada’s Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan finished just off the podium this past weekend at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour four-star event at Huntington Beach, California.
Germany’s third-seeded Laboureur and Sude posted a 2-0 (35-33, 21-16) win in 53 minutes over Canada in the match for bronze to claim the $10,000 prize for finishing third in the FIVB World Tour event.
The German win was their second in three World Tour meetings with Humana-Paredes and Pavan, who eliminated Laboureur and Sude at the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships last August in Vienna.
“It’s not great,” admitted Humana-Paredes. “But reaching another semifinal proves our consistency and we’re checking that box, which is great. But it’s time to check some other boxes more consistently. … We still have tons of time to perfect and get to where we want to be before we want to start peaking. To be able to still reach all these semifinals without being where we can potentially be in six months, a year, two years, is exciting.”
Humana-Paredes and Pavan have had podium success so far this year, winning the Commonwealth Games tournament and the recent Xiamen Open.
Canadian recent World Tour results:
Huntington Beach (4 star)
4th – Pavan/Humana-Paredes
5th – Bansley/Wilkerson
25th – O’Gorman/Saxton; Pedlow/Schachter
33rd – Grabovskyy/Kazhamiaka; Nusbaum/Plantinga; Pischke/Broder
Phnom Penh (2 star)
9th – Rancourt/Meunier-Bédard
Manila (1 star)
9th – Nagy/Cruickshank