Beach Volleyball World Championships Tlaxcala 2023 - News

Pavan/McBain (CAN) vs. Navas/Gonzalez (PUR) - Pool H #7343227

McBain and Pavan move forward and are among the 32 teams that will compete in the elimination rounds

One of nine world champions in action at the 2023 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, Canadian veteran Sarah Pavan overcame another round of the tournament alongside partner Molly McBain on Tuesday.

The Canadians were one of four women’s teams to progress from the ‘lucky loser’ round, which reunited the eight lower-ranked third-placed teams from the pool stage, and will now join the other remaining 31 duos in the Round of 32, which will be held on Wednesday in Mexico.

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Playing in just their seventh international event as partners, the 37-year-old Pavan and the 25-year-old McBain won one of their three Pool H matches in Tlaxcala, finishing third in their pool. On Tuesday, the Canadians remained in the city for the ‘lucky loser’ round and progressed with a 2-0 (21-13, 21-10) win over Ecuadorians Karelys Simisterra and Ariana Vilela.

“It took us until the first technical timeout to understand how the match was going to go,” Pavan explained. “From that point forward, we had a very good rhythm and we were digging a lot more balls, so it was just about remaining steady. To beat that team and to win that game efficiently is important to prepare for tomorrow.”

In the Round of 32, Pavan, who won the World Championships in 2019, and McBain, who’s competing in the event for the first time in her career, will meet Americans Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss, who finished first in Pool B.

“Every pool winner here is really strong, so the next round will be a very tough match,” McBain commented. “We’re going to prepare in the best way we can and try and be ready for it. The atmosphere here has been amazing, it’s probably the best I’ve ever played at.”

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In the other match of the day in Tlaxcala, the Austrian Klinger sisters Ronja and Dorina remained alive in the tournament with a three-set (21-18, 19-21, 15-10) victory over Mexicans Abril Flores and Atenas Gutierrez, eliminating the last home team of the event.

In Apizaco, Finland’s Taru Lathi and Niina Ahtiainen came from behind to beat Paraguayans Erika Bobadilla and Michelle Valiente 2-1 (18-21, 21-17, 15-9) and Lithuanians Monika Paulikiene and Aine Raupelyte topped Japanese Miki Ishii and Sayaka Mizoe 2-0 (21-17, 21-17).

Paulikiene/Raupelyte (LTU) vs. Ishii/Mizoe (JPN) - Lucky losers #7353126

Mizoe and Paulikiene fight for the point at the net

With 32 teams still alive, the elimination rounds in Mexico begin on Wednesday. Eight Round of 32 matches will be held in Tlaxcala, with the other eight split between Apizaco and Huamantla.

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