Pavan and Humana-Paredes to play for the gold

CAGLIARI, Italy, October 9, 2021 – World champions Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes of Canada will meet Germany’s Karla Borger and Julia Sude for the gold medal and top money prize at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals on Sunday.

Pavan and Humana-Paredes, winners of Pool B with a 4-0 record, defeated Olympic champions April Ross and Alix Klinemann of United States 2-0 (21-15, 21-12).

Meanwhile, Germans Karla Borger and Julia Sude defeated Pool A winners Russians Nadezna Makroguzova and Svetlana Kholomina 2-1 (21-13, 20-22, 15-11).

Ross and Klinemann had completed the journey into the semifinals after losing their first two matches. They succumbed in three-set battles to start pool play but recovered to win their next three matches earning a ticket the final-four round of the competition.

In an all-American duel, Ross and Klinemann defeated compatriots Sarah Sponcil and Kelly Claes 2-1 (18-21, 21-13, 15-8). In the other quarterfinals, Borger and Sude defeated Brazilians Agatha Bednarczuc and Eduarda Santos 2-1 (21-16, 24-26, 15-11).