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Humana-Paredes says Top Rookie award is ‘truly an honour’

Melissa Humana-Paredes won the Top Rookie award after finishing fifth at the Sao Paulo Grand Slam and third at the Under-23 Championships in Myslowice, Poland
Ottawa, Canada, January 27, 2015 – Canada’s Melissa Humana-Paredes said it was ‘truly an honour’ to receive the FIVB’s Top Rookie award for her first year on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour circuit. Partnering Taylor Pischke, she claimed fifth at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Sao Paulo Grand Slam and bronze at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Under-23 Championships in Poland.

“I'm incredibly humbled to have been nominated, let alone selected Top FIVB Rookie,” she said. “Last summer was amazing on so many levels and this is a great recognition. To be acknowledged by other athletes, coaches, referees and officials is truly an honour.”

One of three first-time award winners alongside Switzerland’s Tanja Huberli (Most Improved Player) and Germany’s Karla Borger (Best Server), Humana-Paredes thanked her partner: “Beach volleyball is very much a team sport and I could not have done anything without my partner, Taylor (Pischke). She has helped me grow as an athlete and has always been supportive and committed to me and the team.”

The native of Toronto added: “I think it's really cool that Canada is being recognized at this level. Our coaching staff has done a tremendous job at helping us reach the highest level of beach volleyball - we still have so much to learn and we are lucky enough to have extremely talented coaches. I'm excited to see where it leads.”

The first event in the 2015 edition of the World Tour takes place in Fuzhou, China from April 21-26.

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