Sarah Pavan

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Sarah Pavan
Prague Open 2014 - Sarah Pavan.JPG
Paven in Prague in 2014
Personal information
NicknameSP, Pav[1]
Born (1986-08-16) August 16, 1986 (age 32)
Kitchener, Ontario
Height6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
College(s)University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Beach volleyball information
Current teammate
Years Teammate
2016- Melissa Humana-Paredes
Best results
Years Location Result
Rio Olympics
rank 2
Rank 3
Indoor volleyball information
PositionOpposite hitter[2]
Spes Volley Conegliano
Korea Expressway
MC Carnaghi
Unilever Rio de Janeiro
GS Caltex Seoul
Pomi Casalmaggiore
National team

Sarah Lindsey Pavan 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]

Pavan played college volleyball at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she led her team to win the 2006 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament, and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Her collegiate accolades are numerous, and include winning the Honda-Broderick Cup (2007), the AVCA National Player of the Year (2006), and thrice the Big 12 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.

Beach Volleyball[edit]

In beach volleyball, Pavan plays as a right-side blocker.[4] After contacting Heather to find out if she knew anyone looking for a partner, she paired up with Heather Bansley in 2013 when she changed over to Beach Volleyball.[5] 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.

As of September 2016 Sarah partnered with Melissa Humana-Paredes.[6]. The pair beat Australia 21-19, 22-20 in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia to become the first women to win a gold medal in beach volleyball in that competition.


  1. ^ "Sarah Pavan". Team Canada - Official 2018 Olympic Team Website. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 24 September 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 21 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Players Details: Sarah Pavan". Beach Volleyball Major Series. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "CBC Sports - Road to the Olympic Games". Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  6. ^ Canada's Sarah Pavan, Heather Bansley part ways

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Preceded by
 Kerri Walsh Jennings (USA)
Women's FIVB World Tour "Best Blocker"
Succeeded by
 Kira Walkenhorst (GER)
Preceded by
 Kira Walkenhorst (GER)
Women's FIVB World Tour "Best Blocker"
Succeeded by
 Brandie Wilkerson (CAN)