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Melissa Humana-Paredes

Melissa Humana-Paredes (born October 10, 1992) is a female Canadian beach volleyball player, who is partnered with Sarah Pavan.[1] She plays as a left-side defender.[2] The pair won the women’s gold medal at the 2019 Beach Volleyball World Championships.[3]

Canadian beach volleyball player

Melissa Humana-Paredes

Melissa Humana-Paredes at 2019 Beach Volleyball World Championships
Personal information
Full name Melissa Humana-Paredes
Nationality Canadian
Born (1992-10-10) October 10, 1992 (age 29)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hometown Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
College(s) York University
Beach volleyball information
Current teammate
Years Teammate
2016– Sarah Pavan
Previous teammates
Years Teammate
2012–16 Taylor Pischke
Honours
Representing  Canada
World Championships
2019 Hamburg Beach
FIVB BVB World Tour
2019 Vienna Beach
2019 Edmonton Beach
2019 Itapema Beach
2018 Las Vegas Beach
2018 Xiamen Beach
2018 Gstaad Beach
2017 Olsztyn Beach
2017 Gstaad Beach
2017 Porec Beach
2017 Rio de Janeiro Beach
Commonwealth Games
2018 Gold Coast Beach
AVP Pro BVB Tour
2019 Hawaii Beach
2019 Manhattan Beach Beach
2019 Huntington Beach Beach
U21 World Championships
2011 Halifax Beach

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Born in Toronto, Ontario, Humana-Paredes is the younger daughter of two Chilean expatriates, ballet dancer Myriam Paredes and volleyball player Hernán Humaña, who was part of the national team and later coached Canadians John Child and Mark Heese to the bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics.[4] Humana-Paredes started playing beach volleyball at the age of 12 and four years later, was already representing Canada internationally. She also played competitive indoor volleyball for Storm Volleyball. She then attended York University, majoring in communications while playing CIS volleyball for the York Lions for four seasons from 2010 to 2014.[5][6][7]

In 2011, she won a silver medal at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships with Victoria Altomare.[8] Years later, as Hernan talked with volleyball coach Garth Pischke, he learned his daughter Taylor wanted to join the beach volleyball scene and suggested that the two daughters be joined as a team. Both were trained by John Child.[9] The new pair led Humana-Paredes to win the bronze medal at the World Under-23 Championships and be named the top female rookie in 2015 by the International Federation of Volleyball.

Humana-Paredes competed at several Grand Slam and World Cup events, reaching the round of 16 at the 2015 Beach Volleyball World Championships[9] and the semi-finals at the 2015 Pan American Games.[10] From August 23–28, 2016, she competed with Pischke at the Long Beach, California, Grand Slam.[11] Playing in Pool-A, they lost to Maria Antonelli and Lili of Brazil (21–11, 23–21), and April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings of the United States (21–16, 21–17) in straight sets. Playing against Carol and Ana Patrícia of Brazil, they won in straight sets (21–19, 26–24), placing them in 3rd in Pool-A.

Humana-Paredes and Pavan won the gold medal at the 2019 Beach Volleyball World Championships, defeating the American team of April Ross and Alix Klineman in straight-sets 2-0 (23-21, 23-21); for Canada’s first medal ever at the event. This victory automatically qualified the Canadian pair for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.[3] They achieved further success on the FIVB tour that summer with additional tournament wins at the Edmonton Open in late July,[12] and at the Vienna Major in early August.[13] These FIVB tour wins were followed by success on the AVP tour, with additional championship wins over Ross and Klineman at both the Manhattan Beach Open in mid-August[14] and the Hawaii Open in late September.[15]

Humana-Paredes and Pavan were named to the Canadian Olympic team for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which the COVID-19 pandemic caused to be delayed until 2021. The two went undefeated during pool play, winning every set. Entering the knockout rounds as the top seed, they defeated Spaniards Liliana/Baquerizo in the Round of 16.[16] In the quarter final, a rematch of the Commonwealth Games final with Australians Clancy/Artacho del Solar, they lost two sets to one and were eliminated from the tournament.[17]

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