2016 FIVB BEACH VOLLEYBALL WORLD TOUR FINALS
- September 14th-18th, 2016
- Toronto, Canada
- Tournament Central
- Live Stream
- VolleyMob Bracket Breakdown
The big off-the-beach story in the run-up to the 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals, which kick off officially on Wednesday in Toronto, has been the breakup of the home country’s top pair of Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan.
The two advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympic Games this summer, but an 0-2 loss to the eventual champions from Germany would be the last competitive match they’d play together. The pair has announced that going forward, they’ll each switch partners going forward. Pavan told press that they “maxed out on our capacity as a pair,” which happened to be the most successful year in Canadian beach volleyball history.
That leaves an interesting dynamic for this week’s tournament. The decision was made before it was even known that their home country would host the World Tour final, but now the two, with their new partners, will face a “play-in match” on Tuesday to see who will advance to the main draw of the tournament as the Canadian representative.
The winners go into Group D of the women’s tournament.
Bansley will pair with Brandie Wilkerson and Pavan now will play with Melissa Humana-Paredes at 5:00 Toronto (Canadian Eastern Time) for advancement.
Now, the two have shared the story of the breakup in their own words. Watch the video above, courtesy FIVB.