Pavan & Bansley strike beach silver in Prague
Feature photo: Pavan (L) & Bansley via FIVB
Women’s beach volleyball players were on a FIVB World Tour podium for the third consecutive tournament, this time Sarah Pavan and Heather Bansley striking silver in Prague.
The Canadians advanced to the gold medal match at the expense of one Brazilian duo, but couldn’t beat another in the final losing to Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas 21-12, 21-18 in two sets. Their semifinal victory came against Eduarda Lisboa and Elize Maia 21-12, 21-15. Lisboa and Maia went on to win the bronze medal at Prague Open.
Canadians Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas won medals in the first two events of the World Tour season, but were beaten in the first knockout round in Prague, after finished second in their pool. Bansley and Pavan lost just one set throughout the tournament until the final. A third Canadian team, Melissa Humana-Paredes and Taylor Pischke, were ninth overall after coming out of their pool in second place.
Moscow is the next stop in the World Tour with both men and women seeing action on the beach.