Pavan and Humana-Paredes win bronze on FIVB World Tour in Gstaad
They defeated Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka of Latvia with a 2-1 win in 21-13, 13-21, 17-15. The Canadian duo took the opener before the Latvians rallied back in the second, forcing the third and deciding set.
“The Latvian team is a really, really strong team [and] they had a great season,” Pavan said after the match. “We knew that they would score points but we knew we just needed to be patient, keep fighting, and take advantage of the opportunities when we got them.”
Earlier in the day, Pavan and Humana-Paredes had their eight-set win streak ended in the semifinal match against Brazilian duo Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda Santos “Duda” Lisboa. The Brazilians took a 21-13, 21-18 straight-sets victory for a spot in the gold medal match against fellow Brazilians Ana Patricia Sila Ramos and Rebecca Cavalcanti Barbosa Silva.
The pair will leave their final event with a hard-fought victory and bronze medal on the Beach Volleyball World Tour before heading to Tokyo 2020.
“This journey is not perfect, and what I think is really important is that we grind together and we fight through those difficult moments, she said. “Perfection is impossible and if we can stay together and fight for every single point, we will be successful.”