Kitchener's Sarah Pavan, who hopes to lead the Canadian women's volleyball team to an Olympic berth this spring, is playing a key role in her pro team's European championships this month.
Pavan produced 22 points last Wednesday to lead Villa Cortese, Italy to a dramatic five-set victory in a women’s volleyball Champions League playoff action.
The Champions League is a three month long tournament that chooses the top professional volleyball club in Europe. Villa Cortese, based in Milan, defeated Moscow Dynamo in a match that lasted nearly two hours.
Pavan, who finished the round-robin portion of the tournament seventh in league scoring, was her squad's top point getter. The series against Moscow ends Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the Russian capital.
The 6'5" star player will rejoin the national team in April, and help it prepare for its Olympic qualifier against Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Mexico and two other countries. That qualifier, in Tijuana, Mexico runs April 29 to May 5, with the winner advancing to the London Olympics.