Whitney Pavlik, a former UC Irvine women's indoor volleyball standout, teamed with Jennifer Kessy to finish third at the Federation International de Volleyball beach event completed Saturday in Durban, South Africa.

Pavlik and Kessy lost in the semifinals to a team from Germany, 21-16, 24-26, 15-12. The Americans staved off eight match points to win the second set.

Pavlik and Kessy outlasted another German duo, 36-34, 21-18, in the third-place match.

It was the first tournament for Pavlik after undergoing shoulder surgery in October.

— From staff reports