Canadians Pavan & Humana with hot start in Moscow


MOSCOW, Russia, August 9, 2018 – Top seeds Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes lived up to their billing as first seeds at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Moscow 4-Star tournament when they won two from two on the opening day of the main draw on Thursday. 


The Canadians started by beating Russia’s Alexandra Moiseeva and Ekaterina Syrtseva 2-0 (21-16, 21-10), and then ensured that they would go straight into the second knockout round when they defeated Finland’s Taru Lahti and Anniina Parkkinen 2-0 (21-19, 21-14).


“Anytime you win your pool is amazing because the field is getting stronger and stronger, so it’s never easy to win the pool,” Pavan said. 


“We played a team that hasn’t been on tour for a while this morning and that is a little scary, and Finland have been playing well. It was close at the beginning and I was proud of how we could pull away at the end of both sets.”


Pavan and Humana-Paredes have already won two World Tour golds at the Gstaad 5-Star and Xiamen 4-Star tournaments, as well as claiming the inaugural Commonwealth Games beach volleyball gold at Gold Coast 2018. 


Their success has ensured that they will be competing in the final tournament of the 2017-18 season, the Hamburg 2018 FIVB World Tour Finals that pits the top 10 ranked teams against each other. 


Some of the qualified teams chose to miss the Moscow 4-Star, opting to rest and train, but for Pavan and Humana-Paredes competing in the Russian capital gives them the chance to ensure they are in top form in Hamburg.


“I think it is nice we are able to play and get these two ‘w’s today,” Humana-Paredes said. “I don’t think we’re at peak form. I don’t think we’re at our highest form for sure, there’s a long way to go. We’re getting there.”