Canada's Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan captured bronze at the World Tour event in Gstaad, Switzerland on Sunday July 11, 2021. (Photo by: FIVB)Photo by: FIVB
Photo by: FIVB

Pavan and Humana-Paredes claim beach title in Latvia

Team Canada’s top beach duo ended a title drought on Sunday after taking the Pro Tour Elite 16 event in Jurmala, Latvia.

Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes took down Brazil’s Bárbara Seixas and Carolina Solberg Salgado in three sets in the women’s final: 21-19, 20-22, 15-7.

It’s the first time the reigning beach volleyball world champions have claimed a tour title since the 2019 A1 Major Vienna.

The pair came close to breaking the drought at the AVP Austin Open on May 8, but were taken upset in the final by Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss of the U.S.

READ: Humana-Paredes and Pavan place second in Austin Open.

On Sunday, they broke through with timely points, and strong play at the net as they finished with eight blocks to Brazil’s one.

On match point it was Pavan who forced pressure on the Brazil side with a block at the net before calmly sending a shot to the back of the court to clinch the victory.

Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes finished the tournament with a 5-1 record. They advanced to Sunday’s final after rallying for a 18-21, 21-19, 15-10 semifinal victory over Brazil’s Eduarda “Duda” Santos Lisboa and Ana Patricia Ramos on Saturday.

The duo is getting hot at the right time: the 2022 World Championships get underway in Rome on Friday, June 10.