Pavan, Humana-Paredes oust Olympic beach volleyball champs in Tour Finals semi

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Melissa Humana-Paredes, pictured, and Canadian beach volleyball teammate Sarah Pavan dominated reigning Olympic champions April Ross and Alix Klineman for a straight-sets semifinal win at the FIVB World Tour Finals on Saturday in Sardinia. (Submitted by Volleyball World - image credit)
Melissa Humana-Paredes, pictured, and Canadian beach volleyball teammate Sarah Pavan dominated reigning Olympic champions April Ross and Alix Klineman for a straight-sets semifinal win at the FIVB World Tour Finals on Saturday in Sardinia. (Submitted by Volleyball World - image credit)

The reigning world champions of women's beach volleyball are one win away from their first tournament win of the season.

Melissa Humana-Paredes overcame a left shoulder injury and teamed with Sarah Pavan Saturday for a 21-15, 21-12 semifinal victory over 2020 Olympic champions April Ross and Alix Klineman of the United States at the FIVB World Tour Finals in Italy.

The 44-minute match was the Canadian tandem's first win over Ross and Klineman since September 2019 and avenged a straight-sets loss to the American duo in the AVP Wilson Cup final in July in Long Beach, Calif.

Pavan and Humana-Paredes advance to Sunday's final at 2:30 p.m. ET in Sardinia against either Russia's Nadezda Makroguzova and Svetlana Kholomina or Germany's Julia Sude and Karla Borger.

Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., and Toronto's Humana-Paredes finished the tournament with a 5-0 record and lost only one set in the process.

"I think we are getting into a groove … so I'm excited about what's to come," Humana-Paredes told Volleyball World after beating Americans Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil two sets to one in their final pool match on Friday to improve to 4-0 and gain a bye to the semifinals.

The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals runs through Sunday. You can stream the event on CBCSports.ca, as well as catch coverage on Road to the Olympic Games on CBC TV and CBC Gem.

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