2017-07-28 12:03:00 CEST
Pavan and Humana-Paredes come to Vienna on the crest of a wave after a stellar 2017
If you’re looking for a pair who have come to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 in form, look no further than Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes.
Picking up medals in each of their last three tournaments, confidence was well and truly behind the Canadians on their way to Vienna, finding a winning habit that has so far been almost impossible to break.
Indeed, 2017 has seen them finish no lower than ninth in any competition they have played in – not a bad way to enter the biggest beach volleyball tournament in the world.
But from where has this Canadian success come surfaced? For Pavan and Humana-Paredes, that’s a question with a simple answer.
“We lost our first game together in 2015, and that was a result which has fueled us ever since, we’re both incredibly competitive people and from that moment we’ve had high goals and expectations,” explained Humana-Paredes.
“There are lots of things to improve on, each game and each week we’ve been finding things to make us better, and it’s crazy to think we’ve been doing so well knowing we can be so much better.
“It’s exceeded my expectations of what we could do, it’s so exciting and every time I step on the court I know there are more things we can do as a team.
“We’re both so eager to learn and that’s what makes the team strong, we have that trust in each other and know that together we’re capable of going really far in competitions.”
The Canadian pursuit of glory began in positive style on Friday, opening the World Championships with a 21-13, 23-21 victory over Dutch duo Marleen Ramond-van Iersel and Manon Nummerdor-Flier.
That was despite being 15-12 down in the second set, with the Porec Major champions forced to dig deep to open their tournament with a W next to their names.
But when it comes to expectations for the next ten days, the seventh seeds are not just along for the ride.
A place in the Red Bull Beach Arena towards the business end of the World Championships sits as more than a pipe dream, confident their impressive 2017 can carry forward when it matters most.
Pavan added: “The first game of a tournament is a little bit up and down, but we work very well together, complement each other on the court and we’ve got really lucky as a pair.
“We didn’t expect this level of success so early in the partnership, we’re going with it and now there is the expectation to go with it, so it’s important to put in some good performances over the week.
“We both realize this is a good thing and we want to be the best team in the world – we have that capability and we’re excited because our ceiling is so high.
“Our expectation is to make semi-finals and win, we know what we’re capable of and we expect to perform to our capabilities – we just want to take care of the things we can control and the rest will follow.”
You can watch the pair’s second match against Marta Menegatti and Rebecca Perry live on BeachStream at 11am CET on Sunday. Click here to sign-up!
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