Since teaming up in the spring of 2017, Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan have been one of the top teams on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. In their first season together, they recorded four podium finishes on the tour, highlighted by a victory at the 5-star event in Porec, and only finished outside the top five once. They also posted fourth-place finishes at the FIVB World Championships and World Tour Finals, after which Humana-Paredes was recognized as the Most Improved player on the FIVB World Tour.
Humana-Paredes and Pavan started their 2018 season by becoming the first ever Commonwealth Games champions in beach volleyball and went on to claim two more World Tour victories, including another 5-star event in Gstaad. At the end of the year, Humana-Paredes was honoured as the tour’s Best Setter.
Humana-Paredes’ played her first full season on the FIVB World Tour in 2014 with former 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. They went on to finish fourth at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Previously the duo had won 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.
A little more about Melissa…
Athletic 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 a former member of the national beach volleyball team who has been an assistant coach at York University since 2014… 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… Studied Communications at York University where she played four years and was the school’s female athlete of the year in 2012… Was an assistant coach with the York Lions in 2017-18… 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
Pan American Games: 2015 – 4th (w/ Pischke)
Commonwealth Games: 2018 – GOLD (w/ Pavan)
FIVB World Tour (Podiums with Pavan): 2018 – SILVER (Las Vegas 4*), GOLD (Gstaad 5*), GOLD (Xiamen 4*); 2017 – SILVER (Olsztyn 4*), BRONZE (Gstaad 5*), GOLD (Porec 5*), SILVER (Rio de Janeiro 4*)
FIVB World Championships: 2017 – 4th (w/ Pavan); 2015 – 9th (w/ Pischke)
FIVB World Championships (U23): 2014 – BRONZE; 2013 – BRONZE
FIVB World Championships (junior): 2012 – 5th; 2011 – SILVER
FIVB World Championships (youth): 2010 – 9th; 2009 – 17th