“NORCECA was my first step to play internationally” – Melissa
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 22, 2017 – The NORCECA
Beach Volleyball Circuit continues to serve as a launching pad
for young players seeking for fame, money and the glamour
surrounding the FIVB World Tour.
Canada’s Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan are the latest
example of players graduated from NORCECA who are making news at
Humana-Paredes and Pavan were close to winning the Rio Open
before falling to local players Agatha Benarczuk and Eduarda
“Duda” Lisboa in a close battle of 50 minutes won by the
Brazilian pair 2-1 (21-14, 13-21, 15-13).
“NORCECA Tour was the first step for me to play international
volleyball and it was extremely helpful for me to get the sense
of playing outside of Canada and the next step before the FIVB
World Tour,” Humana-Paredes commented.
“In NORCECA we had the chance to play in certain conditions and
against different style of play, so it was a big help for our
growth in order to be ready for the FIVB World Tour,” Humana-Paredes
“The development of NORCECA needs to continue, needs to happen
so beach volleyball can grow in the countries of Central
American and the Caribbean,” she said. “The tour needs to be
professional and needs to get more investment.”
On their way to the title match, Humana-Paredes and Pavan posted
a two-set morning quarter-final win over Rio 2016 Olympic
champions Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany.
Seeded 11th in the “four-star” FIVB World Tour event and playing
in only their second international Beach Volleyball tournament
together, Humana-Paredes and Pavan scored a 2-0 (21-17, 21-13)
win in 33 minutes over the second-seeded Germans to advance to
the Rio Open semi-finals where they defeat seventh-seeded
Barbora Hermannova and Marketa Slukova of the Czech Republic 2-0
With the win, the Brazilians shared the $20,000 first-place
prize while Humana-Paredes and Pavan split $16,000 for their
silver medal finish.