Pavan, Humana-Paredes best Brazilian duo in beach volleyball

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On Friday, Canadian beach volleyball stars Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes added another match to the win column at the Latvia Elite 16 tournament.

The duo beat Brazilians Andressa Ramalho and Vitoria Rodrigues 21-16, 21-13 in the final pool match in Jurmala, Latvia.

Toronto’s Humana-Paredes and Kitchener, Ont., native Pavan outshot the Brazilians in attack and blocks by a 9-4 margin while tied on service.

The Canadians went into the match having gone 1-1 on Thursday, beating Brazilians Maria Antonelli and Fernanda Alves in their opener but later losing to the Dutch duo of Raisa Schoon and Katja Stam.

Friday’s win puts the Canadians second in Group B, giving them the chance to make the quarterfinals, something they missed in their last competition.

Pavan and Humana-Paredes failed to advance to the knockout stage at last week’s Elite 16 tournament in Ostrava after finishing the group with just one win and two losses.

WATCH | Pavan, Humana-Paredes win the 2nd victory:

FIVB Beach Pro Tour Elite 16 Jurmala: Canada v Brazil

Watch the Pool B main draw match between Canada’s Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Parades and Brazil’s Andressa Cavalcanti Ramalho and Vitoria De Souza Rodrigues at FIVB Beach Pro Tour Elite 16 in Jurmala, Latvia.

The star couple, currently reigning world champions, finished fifth at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

The FIVB Beach Pro Tour Elite 16 event in Latvia runs through Sunday with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and medal matches taking place over the weekend. You can stream the event on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem.

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