Pavan and Humana-Paredes move into semifinals

CAGLIARI, Italy, October 8, 2021 – World champions Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes of Canada advanced directly to the semifinals of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals in Cagliari after winning the women’s Pool B with a perfect 4-0 win-loss record.

On Friday, the Canadians recorded a straight-set victory over Switzerland’s Anouk Vergé-Depré and Joana Heidrich 2-0 (21-15, 21-11) and then claimed a comeback win over United States’ Sarah Sponcils and Kelly Claes 2-1 (13-21, 21-14, 15-11).

They join Russians Nadezda Makroguzova and Svetlana Kholomina in the semifinals and will play the winners of the Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Their respective opponents will emerge from Saturday’s quarterfinal clashes, featuring Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda Santos Lisboa against Germany’s Karla Borger and Julia Sude, and an all-American duel between April Ross and Alix Klineman and Sarah Sponcil and Kelly Claes.