Melissa Humana-Paredes’ first full season on the FIVB World Tour in 2014 was one to remember with partner Taylor Pischke. They posted a fifth place finish at the Grand Slam event in Sao Paulo and won the NORCECA Continental Championship, all part of earning Humana-Parades Top Rookie honours from the FIVB. Humana-Paredes and Pischke have been playing together since their fifth place finish at the 2012 FIVB World Junior Championships. They followed that up with back-to-back bronze medals at the 2013 and 2014 FIVB World Under-23 Championships. Humana-Parades was also a silver medallist at the 2011 World Junior Championships with partner Victoria Altomare.
Family: Father Hernan Humana coached John Child and Mark Heese to Olympic bronze at Atlanta 1996… Mother Myriam Paredes Blaise was a member of the Chilean National Ballet… Older brother Felipe is also a member of the national beach volleyball team… Getting into the Sport: Started playing beach volleyball at age 12… Was exposed to the sport through her father and was hooked on the atmosphere as well as the fun, beautiful, and challenging nature of the sport… Outside Interests: Enjoys reading, organizing things, playing with animals (especially her dog), binge-watching TV show Friends… Studying Communications at York University… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Mel… Role model is Muhammad Ali because he is the greatest and knew it… Good luck charms include an elephant necklace and a lapis lazuli four-leaf clover… Favourite motto: “It’s not how big you are, it’s how big you play”…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
FIVB World Tour (Top 5): 2015 – 5th (Open, Fuzhou); 2014 – 5th (Grand Slam, Sao Paulo)
FIVB WCh (U23): 2014 – BRONZE; 2013 – BRONZE
FIVB WCh (junior): 2012 – 5th; 2011 – SILVER
FIVB WCh (youth): 2010 – 9th; 2009 – 17th