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Canadian beach teams ready for Commonwealth Games finals

April 11, 2018: It will be a Canada versus Australian showdown at Coolangatta Beach tomorrow for the first-ever Commonwealth Games gold medals in beach volleyball.

Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan dominated their semifinal match 2-0 (21-7, 21-12) against Mariota Angelopoulou and Manolina Konstantinou of Cyprus. They will play home country favourites Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar in the Thursday final.

"We’ve been waiting a long time for tomorrow. Now the day is here and we’re really excited…. These Games have put beach volleyball on the map. We’re ambassadors for the sport and we want to make sure there is global interest in the sport."

Melissa Humana-Paredes

Fellow Canadians Sam Schachter and Sam Pedlow also won in straights sets, 2-0 (21-19, 21-15) against New Zealand’s Ben and Sam O’Dea.
 
"We have to focus on the things we have to do, know that we have to play our style of volleyball,” explained Sam Schachter, a 2016 Olympian with former partner Josh Binstock. "This is our first gold medal match at a major event - we’ve played big matches, but this is bigger…..The Australians (McHugh and Schumann) are dynamic athletes; they play a unique brand of offense where they spread the ball all over the court. We will have to be dynamic and react to everything."
 
16.30 (local time) Gold Medal - Match 26: Christopher McHugh / Damien Schumann Australia vs. Sam Pedlow / Sam Schachter Canada     
 
20.30 (local time) Gold Medal - Match 26: Mariafe Artacho / Taliqua Clancy Australia vs. Melissa Humana-Paredes / Sarah Pavan Canada     

Get full results, statistics, schedules and more on the official Gold Coast 2018 website. 
In Canada, the Commonwealth Games is available for viewing on DAZN.

Note that the Gold Coast is 15 hours ahead of Eastern time.

Women’s Team
Melissa Humana-Paredes, Toronto, Ontario
Sarah Pavan, Kitchener, Ontario
Coaching staff on site: Steve Anderson

Men’s Team
Sam Schachter, Richmond Hill, Ontario
Sam Pedlow, Barrie, Ontario
Coaching staff on site: Ahren Cadieux


Photo: Sport Canada

For further information:
Commonwealth Games Canada
Sylvie Bigras
Communications Chief – Team Canada 2018
AUS #: +61 042 2445960
sylvie@magma.ca
 
Volleyball Canada
Jackie Skender
Director, Communications
613.794.7676
jskender@volleyball.ca
 
ABOUT COMMONWEALTH GAMES CANADA
Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) is the international franchise holder for the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth movement in Canada, and an active, contributing member of the Canadian sport community. The mission of CGC is to strengthen sport within Canada and throughout the Commonwealth by participating in the Commonwealth Games and by using sport as a development tool. Visit www.commonwealthgames.ca for information.
 
ABOUT VOLLEYBALL CANADA
Volleyball Canada is the National Sport Organization for volleyball, and has approximately 64,000 registered participants. Volleyball Canada fosters the growth and development of the sport in Canada, and oversees the national programs for indoor, beach and sitting volleyball. For more information, see www.volleyball.ca