2017-08-04 21:30:00 CEST
Top form eluded Pavan and Humana-Paredes, though a bronze prize could come their way
A devastated Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes found the worst time for their impressive form to elude them as they slipped out of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1.
The Canadians had not even dropped a set before their semifinal against Lauren Fendrick and April Ross, a record they looked set to maintain when taking the opening rubber on Red Bull Beach Arena.
But the Americans – who boast a 2009 world champion and double Olympic medalist in Ross in their ranks – roared back to play some superb volleyball in Vienna, booking their place in the final in the process.
It proved a bitter pill to swallow for the Canadians, the form team across the tour, vowing to come back stronger in the bronze-medal contest against Brazil’s Larissa/Talita on Saturday.
“The things that we did so well throughout the whole tournament weren’t with us in this game, they made some adjustments after the first set and we weren’t able to turn the balls in the second and third,” said Pavan.
“It’s very disappointing but we can’t dwell on it too much. Coming here we said we wanted to be on the podium and we have another chance to do that, it won’t be the color we want but we don’t want to let this opportunity pass us by.
“We’re going to prepare hard tonight and make sure we’re ready because we do want to be on that podium.
“We were very tentative, we had some hesitation which you don’t normally see from us, and if we could play the match again I’m sure it wouldn’t be that way. It’s a learning experience.”
But punching above their seventh seed prediction still gave them plenty of positives to reflect on, though not something Pavan/Humana-Paredes will be able to look at straight way.
“We were a little bit flat on the side-out, and in the defense we weren’t really picking up as much usual in one of our stronger areas,” Humana-Paredes added.
“It stings a lot, we were great in the morning but now it’s a learning opportunity that we can take forward for the rest of the season and over the next few years.
“We’re going to be extra motivated to getting that medal, we have a massive opportunity to stand up there and be proud of our accomplishments.
“This is a baby step into the next three years we have planned, this season has exceeded our expectations and it’s really exciting to see where we can go. We’ve played some really consistent volleyball and we want to see where it goes.”
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