Canada's Pavan, Humana-Paredes eliminated in Olympic beach volleyball quarter-finals

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From left to right, Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes of Team Canada react as they compete against Team Australia during their women's quarter-final beach volleyball match on Tuesday in Tokyo's Shiokaze Park. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images - image credit)
From left to right, Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes of Team Canada react as they compete against Team Australia during their women's quarter-final beach volleyball match on Tuesday in Tokyo's Shiokaze Park. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images - image credit)

What started out as a potentially magical day for Canadian's women's beach volleyball quickly became a nightmare at Tokyo's Shiokaze Park.

Both Canadian pairs lost their quarter-final matches, including the world's number one pair Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes, who, coming into tonight, hadn't dropped a set during this Olympic tournament.

They had been a force during this tournament, never really challenged.

That changed tonight as they were never able to find their rhythm, losing to Australia's Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar in three sets.

Before Pavan and Humana-Paredes took the court, Canada's other pair in this tournament, Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson, played in the night's other semifinal against Latvia.

After dropping the first set to Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka, they rallied to tie the match, but the Canadians couldn't overcome a number of unforced errors in the deciding third set, losing to 2-1, ending their Olympic experience.

"It stings, hurts, we know we have what it takes, so to not have it manifest on the courts is tough," Wilkerson said.

More to come.

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