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2016-08-31 10:21:00 CEST

Forget Pavan and Bansley… it’s Pavan versus Bansley!

Former teammates to go head-to-head in incredible #TorontoFinals country quota

Bansley (left) and Pavan have split after four seasons together. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu.Bansley (left) and Pavan have split after four seasons together. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu.

When we announced the names of the lucky wildcards given a ticket to the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Toronto we also revealed an outrageous piece of news.

Among the wildcards in the women’s bracket two were given to teams from host nation Canada – but the dramatic late twist, just two weeks before the start of the tournament, was that Olympic quarterfinalists Sarah Pavan and Heather Bansley, after four seasons and seven medals together, were going their separate ways.

Both players received a wildcard as a team, but following the news of the split, the only way the Canadians can compete is if they go head-to-head against each other. Pavan and Bansley have now confirmed their new teammates in what promises to be one of the most dramatic country quota matches in recent beach volleyball history.

Pavan will pair up with 23-year-old Torontonian Melissa Humana-Parades, who has earned five top-10 finishes on the FIVB World Tour this season with partner Taylor Pischke.

Bansley, meanwhile, joins forces with Brandie Wilkinson, the 24-year-old who reached the last-16 of the Long Beach Grand Slam last week with regular partner Julie Gordon.

So instead of Pavan AND Bansley it’s Pavan VERSUS Bansley at Polson Pier on 13th September for a place in the main draw. It’s going to be one crazy country quota match and you’ll be mad to miss it!

Click here for the full details of all the teams set for Polson Pier.

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