The Canadian duo of Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes fell to Brazil in the bronze-medal match at the beach volleyball world championships in Vienna, Austria, on Saturday.
Lariss Franca and Talita Antunes — a familiar opponent — prevailed 2-1 (21-12, 16-21, 18-16) to reach the podium.
Pavan, competing in her third world championships, was not pleased with the outcome.
“It’s very disappointing, there is no absolutely excuse. We led 5-0 in the third and lost, we just didn’t take care of it,” said Pavan. “I don’t know if we relaxed and thought ‘oh, we got this.’ I don’t know if we took a breath for a second, but we needed to keep the pressure on.
“We let them off the hook. Our serve receive got a little messy.”
Future is bright
However, Pavan had a more positive outlook on the season as a whole.
“We’ve only played seven tournaments together, and we’ve had a really good season overall. Our future together is very bright and it’s exciting because I know we can get a lot better. Melissa is a great player and this is her first season playing on the left side.”
The Brazilian side also defeated Pavan and Humana-Paredes in the final of a World Tour event leading up to the championships.
Pavan and Humana-Paredes had their run to the final stopped a day earlier with a loss to Americans Lauren Fendrick and April Ross.
Playing in their first full season together, Pavan and Humana-Paredes entered the tournament on a hot streak, having already won four medals on the World Tour, highlighted by a gold in Porec, Croatia, on Canada Day.
Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany defeated Fendrick and Ross in the final 2-1 (19-21, 21-13, 15-9).
Saxton, Schalk defeated in quarter-finals
Canadians Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk, who delivered the biggest upset of the tournament on Friday with a stunning win over Olympic and world champions Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt of Brazil, couldn’t keep the momentum going in their quarter-finals match with another Brazilian pair.
Andre Loyola Stein and Evandro Gonçalves Oliveira Junior took the match in three sets, 17-21, 22-20, 15-10.