Sarah Pavan

Sarah Pavan
Pavan in Prague in 2014
Personal information
NicknameSP, Pav[1]
Born (1986-08-16) August 16, 1986 (age 37)
Kitchener, Ontario
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
College / UniversityUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
Beach volleyball information
Current teammate
Years Teammate
2022– Sophie Bukovec
Best results
Years Location Result
Rio Olympics
World Championships Hamburg
Rank 2
Rank 3
Rank 5
Rank 1
Indoor volleyball information
PositionOpposite hitter[2]
Spes Volley Conegliano
Korea Expressway
MC Carnaghi
Unilever Rio de Janeiro
GS Caltex Seoul
Pomi Casalmaggiore
National team
Representing  Canada
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2019 Hamburg Beach
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 2022 Birmingham Beach
Gold medal – first place 2018 Gold Coast Beach
FIVB BVB World Tour
Gold medal – first place 2017 Porec Beach
Gold medal – first place 2018 Xiamen Beach
Gold medal – first place 2018 Gstaad Beach
Gold medal – first place 2019 Vienna Beach
Gold medal – first place 2019 Edmonton Beach
Silver medal – second place 2017 Rio de Janeiro Beach
Silver medal – second place 2017 Olsztyn Beach
Silver medal – second place 2018 Las Vegas Beach
Silver medal – second place 2019 Itapema Beach
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Gstaad Beach
AVP Pro BVB Tour
Silver medal – second place 2019 Huntington Beach Beach
Gold medal – first place 2019 Manhattan Beach Beach

Sarah Lindsey Pavan (born August 16, 1986) is a Canadian beach volleyball and former indoor volleyball player. She was part of the Canada women's national volleyball team at the 2010 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship in Japan.[3] With Melissa Humana-Paredes she won the women's gold medal at the 2019 Beach Volleyball World Championships.[4]

College indoor volleyball career

Pavan hitting against Big 12 rival Texas on Oct. 20, 2004

Pavan played college volleyball at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she led her team to win the 2006 NCAA Division I women's volleyball tournament, in which she was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Her collegiate accolades are numerous, and include winning the Honda Sports Award for volleyball (2007),[5] the Honda-Broderick Cup (2006–07),[6] the AVCA National Player of the Year (2006), and thrice the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year (2005–07). She also won several academic awards, including twice winning ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year (2007–08) and earning a degree in biochemistry with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Pro beach volleyball career

Pavan and Humana-Paredes after winning the gold medal at the World Championships in 2019

In beach volleyball, Pavan plays as a right-side blocker.[7] After contacting Heather Bansley to find out if she knew anyone looking for a partner, she paired up with Bansley in 2013 when she changed over to beach volleyball.[8] After qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, the pair competed in Pool E and won all 3 matches with a 2–0 set score. For the Round of 16 match, they were paired with the other Canadian team of Broder and Valjas, which they won in straight sets of (21–16, 21–11). They lost to Germany's Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst in straight sets of (14–21, 14–21) in the quarterfinals.[9]

Since September 2016, Pavan has partnered with Melissa Humana-Paredes.[10] The pair achieved initial success on the international circuit during the 2017 FIVB season by winning gold medals at the Porec Major, silver medals at both the Rio de Janeiro and Olsztyn Opens, and bronze medals at the Gstaad Major.[11] Pavan and Humana-Paredes continued doing well internationally in 2018, winning the gold medal over Australia in straight sets at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.[12] As it was the first time beach volleyball was competed at the Commonwealth Games, they became the first women to win a gold medal in the sport at the competition. After this initial success, the pair competed well on the 2018 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, winning gold medals at both the Xiamen Open and Gstaad Major, and finishing in fourth place at the Huntington Beach Open.[13]

During the 2019 FIVB season, they won silver medals at the Las Vegas and Itapema Open competitions.[14][15] In their first AVP competition of 2019, they finished second in the tournament to the American duo of Alix Klineman and April Ross.[16] Two months later, Pavan and Humana-Paredes won gold medals at the 2019 Beach Volleyball World Championships, defeating Klineman and Ross in straight sets for Canada's first medal ever at the event.[4] As the FIVB tour continued in 2019, they subsequently won gold medals at the Edmonton Open and Vienna Major,[17][18] though were eliminated in the quarterfinals of both the Gstaad Major and Tokyo Open by Klineman and Ross.[19][20] In mid-August, the duo returned to the AVP tour, reaching the finals in the Manhattan Beach Open and defeating Klineman and Ross in three sets.[21]

Pavan and Humana-Paredes were named to the Canadian Olympic team for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which the COVID-19 pandemic caused to be delayed until 2021. The two went undefeated during pool play, winning every set. Entering the knockout rounds as the top seed, they defeated Spaniards Liliana/Baquerizo in the Round of 16.[22] In the quarter final, a rematch of the Commonwealth Games final with Australians Clancy/Artacho del Solar, they lost two sets to one and were eliminated from the tournament.[23]

Personal life

Pavan has a younger sister, Rebecca, who also played indoor volleyball at the University of Kentucky and for certain European clubs. She too competed for the Canadian women's national team.[24][25]


  1. ^ "Sarah Pavan". Team Canada – Official 2018 Olympic Team Website. July 19, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  2. ^ Wagner, Brent C. (September 9, 2018). "Just like they did years ago, Nebraska volleyball fans welcome Pavan with open arms". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "Canadian volleyball team at the 2010 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship". Retrieved August 21, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Couto, Melissa (July 6, 2019). "Canada earns spot in Olympics as Pavan, Humana-Paredes take beach volleyball gold". CBC Sports. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  5. ^ "Ontario Native Is Automatically Nominated for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Award [Sarah Pavan wins Volleyball Honda Sports Award]". January 18, 2007. Retrieved March 27, 2020 – via Volley Talk.
  6. ^ "Pavan wins Honda-Broderick Cup". The Seattle Times. June 26, 2007. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  7. ^ "Players Details: Sarah Pavan". Beach Volleyball Major Series. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "CBC Sports – Road to the Olympic Games". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  9. ^ Merce, Greg (August 14, 2016). "Pavan and Bansley's Olympic run ends". The Record. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  10. ^ Harrison, Doug (September 2, 2016). "Women's beach volleyball teammates break up, turn foes". CBC Sports. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  11. ^ Beach Volleyball Database: Fédération Internationale de Volleyball World Tour 2017 Season Summary
  12. ^ Beach Volleyball Results - Women's Gold Medal Match - Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
  13. ^ Beach Volleyball Database: Fédération Internationale de Volleyball World Tour 2018 Season Summary
  14. ^ Beach Volleyball Database: Women's FIVB US$150,000 Las Vegas Four Star October 16-21, 2018
  15. ^ Beach Volleyball Database: Women's FIVB US$150,000 Itapema Four Star May 14-19, 2019
  16. ^ Beach Volleyball Database: Women's AVP $100,000 Huntington Beach Open May 2-5, 2019
  17. ^ Beach Volleyball Database: Women's FIVB US$75,000 Edmonton Three Star July 17-21, 2019
  18. ^ Beach Volleyball Database: Women's FIVB US$300,000 Vienna Major Five Star July 30-August 4, 2019
  19. ^ Harrison, Cuoto (July 13, 2019). "Pavan, Humana-Paredes eliminated in beach volleyball quarters at Gstaad Major". CBC Sports. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  20. ^ Beach Volleyball Database: Women's FIVB US$150,000 Tokyo Four Star July 24-28, 2019
  21. ^ Zupke, Curtis (August 18, 2019). "Canadian duo Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes take Manhattan Beach Open title". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  22. ^ "Canadian beach volleyballers Pavan, Humana-Paredes remain perfect, advance to quarters". CBC Sports. CBC. August 2, 2021. Retrieved February 21, 2020.
  23. ^ "Canada's Pavan, Humana-Paredes eliminated in Olympic beach volleyball quarter-finals". CBC Sports. CBC. August 3, 2021. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  24. ^ Apel, Jeff (August 22, 2008). "Younger Pavan blazing her own trail at Kentucky". The Grand Island Independent. Retrieved March 24, 2022.
  25. ^ Daigneault, Louis (July 17, 2012). "Pavan Sisters Lead Canada To Upset Win Over Cuba At Women's Pan Am Cup". Boxscore. Retrieved March 24, 2022.

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