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Former world champion duo Pavan, Humana-Paredes ending beach volleyball partnership

Canada's world beach volleyball champions Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes are ending their partnership, saying in a mutual statement it was time to explore new options in their athletic careers.

2-time Commonwealth Games winners to explore new options in athletic careers

Beach volleyball partners Sarah Pavan, left, and Melissa Humana-Paredes, are going their separate ways. They played together since 2017 and won a world title in 2019. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Canada's most decorated women's beach volleyball team is splitting up.

Saying it's common in their sport to part ways after a few years, former world beach volleyball champions Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes are ending their partnership after five years together.

"We have a lot of respect for each other and are very proud of what we have accomplished as a team over the last five years," the two said in a mutual statement on Tuesday. "As with many long-term beach volleyball partnerships, we have both decided it is time to explore new options in our athletic careers separately."

Pavan, from Kitchener, Ont., and Humana-Paredes, from Toronto, won the world title in 2019. They captured their second Commonwealth Games gold medal last month in Birmingham, England.

They've also climbed the Beach Volleyball World Tour podium numerous times, including winning gold this year at the Jurmala Beach Pro Tour Elite 16 tournament.

At the Tokyo Olympics, the two went undefeated in pool play, winning every set. They were eventually eliminated in the quarter-finals with a 2-1 loss to Australians Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy.

WATCH | Pavan, Humana-Paredes eliminated at 2022 world championship:

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Rome 2022 quarter-finals: Canada vs. Brazil

3 months ago
Duration 56:25
Watch Canada's Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes take on Brazil's Eduarda Santos Lisboa and Ana Patricia Silva Ramos in quarter-final action at the 2022 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Rome.

"We have watched Sarah and Melissa with great pride and thank them both for representing the sport and our country so successfully on the world stage," Volleyball Canada CEO and president Mark Eckert said in a statement. "Volleyball Canada wishes them both continued success moving forward."

The 36-year-old Pavan was one of Canada's top indoor volleyball players before she switched to beach in 2014 in hopes of making the Olympics.

Indoors, Pavan led the University of Nebraska to the NCAA title, earning the tournament's most outstanding player honours. She was named the NCAA's top volleyball player award in 2007.

The duo said they have nothing to announce on potential new partnerships at this time.

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