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Volleyball Canada – Olsztyn, Poland (July 23, 2017): Canada’s Sarah Pavan (Kitchener, ON) and Melissa Humana-Paredes (Toronto, ON) added to their 2017 World Tour medal count today – this time with a silver at the Warmia Mazury Olsztyn Open in Poland.
 
This medal is added to bronze (Gstaad), a silver (Rio) and a gold (Porec) so far this year on the World Tour.
 
Today, the Canadian pair lost to the top-seeded Talita and Larissa 2-1 (20-22, 21-18, 16-14) in 50 minutes.
 
“It’s super disappointing coming so close to gold and not walking away with it, but we are showing improvements each week, which is very promising,” said Humana-Paredes. “It was a week filled with hard-fought battles; I’m proud that we were able to persevere the way we did. We are definitely looking forward to Word Champs (in Austria) next week, can’t wait!”
 
Sunday’s win in the steady rain marked the second win this season for the Brazilians over Pavan and Humana-Paredes as Talita and Larissa defeated the Canadians two weeks ago in the Gstaad Major semi-final in Switzerland.  Canada beat Nicole Branagh/Kerri Walsh Jennings of the United States in the semifinals.
 
Talita and Larissa shared the $20,000 first-place prize while the Canadians split $16,000 for second-place.
 
Canada’s Sam Pedlow and Sam Schachter finished as the top Canadian men’s team at ninth.
 
Canadian rankings:

Women:
Wilkerson/Bansley 9th
Gordon/Saxton 17th
 
Men:
Pedlow/Schachter 9th
Plantinga/O’Gorman 25th
Saxton/Schalk 25th

For more on the World Tour, see http://worldtour.2017.fivb.com

Volleyball Canada media contact:
Jackie Skender
E-mail: jskender@volleyball.ca
Phone: 613.794.7676