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2017-08-04 14:39:00 CET

Canadians stun Germany to reach semis

The seventh seeds have been on top form so far in this competition, but they are confident they still have another level to get to

If Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan wanted to deliver a statement of intent in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1, victory over second seed German powerhouses is certainly no bad way to achieve it.

And if Vienna needed anything else to worry them when it comes to these Canadian hotshots, this pair think they can get even better.

The seventh seeds got their Friday double-header underway in perfect fashion with victory over Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude on Red Bull Beach Arena – now just one game away from the World Championship final.

That attempt will come later on this evening against America’s Lauren Fendrick and April Ross but for now, the seventh seeds were just happy to reflect on a potential career-defining victory – fully deserving of the 21-15 21-16 scoreline.

There is a lot on the line here, we are so close to our goal and we’re just so hungry for this and wanted this really badly,” explained Humana-Paredes.

“The last time we played then we didn’t play well so we had to step up, they’re a phenomenal and fighting team and we knew we had to come out stronger.

“We did that, we’re feeling really good. To get it done in two sets is amazing, it’s an indication of how well we’re playing and that things are going really well for us.

“We knew we had to start strong, get the confidence going and put a little bit of a message in their heads that we are here and ready to play.”

This result was certainly one that laid rest the demons of old for Pavan/Humana-Paredes – comfortably beaten by the German team in the one meeting earlier this year.

But more significantly comes one more step towards glory, with Fendrick and Ross the only team preventing them a place in the World Championships final.

But if you thought the Canadians’ best had already been delivered on the Red Bull Beach Arena sand, then think again.

Pavan said: “The first time we played them was not good, we remembered that and remembered what they did against us and made sure that that didn’t happen again.

“I’m so proud with how we responded, now we’ll bring on the semi-finals.

“There’s always a couple of things that we talk about after every match, we know we can still play better than we did in that game, but we’ve shown how much we’ve progressed in this tournament.

“If we can add just a little bit more to our game, each game, then we’ll be really happy.”

Pavan/Humana-Paredes and Fendrick/Ross won’t have long to wait before their next game, as they take to the Red Bull Beach Arena at 6.45pm CET. Watch it live on BeachStream by signing up here.

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