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2016-09-13 09:00:00 CEST

Pavan versus Bansley – 5pm today!

Emotions will run high in ‘strange’ Swatch World Tour Finals classic

What a game to kick the #TorontoFinals off! Who will win? Find out from 5pm on Tuesday. Photocredit: Andreas Langreiter. What a game to kick the #TorontoFinals off! Who will win? Find out from 5pm on Tuesday. Photocredit: Andreas Langreiter.

It’s the match on everybody’s lips: Sarah Pavan versus Heather Bansley.

It’s the country quota game that is the talk of the beach volleyball community and at 5pm on Tuesday the pair go head-to-head with their new partners with the goal of reaching the main draw of the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals on their home sand at Polson Pier.

“It’s going to be weird, I haven’t shared a court in a game with anyone but her,” Sarah told us in a fascinating interview. “It’s definitely going to be strange.

“I wish we didn’t have to play each other but Hannes Jagerhofer graciously gave the wildcard spot to one of us – and he didn’t have to.”

“It’s a country quota match and the stakes and the emotions will be high,” said Heather, who in another turn of fate celebrates her birthday tomorrow. “We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses – I think it’s going to be a strong match.”

Sarah had the last word: “I don’t just want me to be successful, I hope Heather wins a tournament – she deserves it.

“Will I be mad if Heather beats me and wins the tournament? No – I think it would be fantastic that a Canadian is standing on top of the podium. There’ll be no hard feelings.”

The scene is almost set (I mean, click here and look at this view!) – the talk has been done and we’re almost ready for the greatest show on sand to begin.

Make sure you secure your seat for one of the most dramatic beach volleyball country quota clashes in recent history! Entry is free! Read more about how to get here by clicking right here!

If you can't get to Polson Pier for the big game, all the action will be streamed live on our website! See you tomorrow!

Meanwhile on Twitter, Sarah Pavan says...

Sarah Pavan on Twitter

Tomorrow is the big day! #TorontoFinals kick off at Polson Pier at 5 pm! Can't wait to see you there! @SwatchMajors

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