Pavan/Humana-Paredes, Agatha/Duda Set for FIVB Rio Finals Battle

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 20th, 2017 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach


Canadian duo Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes will face off against Brazilian duo Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda “Duda” Lisboa for the FIVB Rio Four-Star title in Barra da Tijuca on Sunday morning. Pavan and Humana-Paredes cruised through the semifinals, while Agatha/Duda fought through a three-set battle to the finish to earn their spot in the championship match.

No. 11 seed Pavan/Humana-Paredes defeated seventh seeded Barbora Hermannova and Marketa Slukova of the Czech Republic 21-19, 21-19 in the first semifinal. The FIVB finals appearance marks the fourth for Pavan, although all without a title, while this is the first in 31 international appearances for Humana-Paredes. The duo made the semifinals by taking out Olympic champions Laura Lugwig and Kira Walkenhorst Saturday morning.

On the other side of the bracket, Agatha/Duda moved on with a 21-19, 13-21, 15-12 win over fellow Brazilians Talita and Larissa, who were the fourth place finishers at the 2016 Olympics. Agatha is making her 14th FIVB finals appearance and boasts four previous gold medals, all with former partner Barbara. Duda, a five-time youth world champion, is looking to add to two previous gold medals in four tries.



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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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