2019-09-23 04:45:00 CEST

Sarah and Mel end the season on top

The reigning world champions triumphed at the last event of the AVP season in Hawaii

Sarah and Melissa won their fifth and last gold medal of 2019 in Hawaii (Photocredit: AVP)Sarah and Melissa won their fifth and last gold medal of 2019 in Hawaii (Photocredit: AVP)

Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes capped off the best season of their careers in more than appropriate fashion as the Canadian stars won the final event of the 2019 American AVP at the Waikiki Beach, in Hawaii. The men’s title went to Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb.

Sarah and Mel, who were crowned world champions in Hamburg last July and won the Vienna Major in August, had yet another meeting with April Ross and Alix Klineman in what has become one of the most interesting rivalries in the women’s game.

The Canadians were dominant on this one, though, and tied the series 5-5 with a 21-19, 21-17 victory that was secured in the same way of the world title – with a massive block of Sarah to seal the win.

“It was the last match of the season, so we just went out there, gave everything we had and held nothing back,” Melissa explained. “It’s been a great season for us and we just wanted to end it on a high note. We played well the entire tournament and I’m glad we won here in Hawaii.”

The teams of Kelly Claes/Sarah Sponcil and Emily Day/Betsi Flint finished third in the tournament.

In the men’s tournament, Hawaiian native Crabb and veteran Gibb came from behind to top qualifiers Theo Brunner and John Hyden, who recently reunited, 18-21, 22-20, 17-15 and claim their fourth title in the Tour this season.

"I had nothing left, but you guys kept us going so thank you guys so much," Crabb said after the match. "We wouldn’t have won without the freeze...The fans have been so great to us all weekend and really pushed us through."

The third-place finishers were Jeremy Casebeer/Chaim Schalk and Casey Patterson/Chase Budinger.

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