Pavan played college volleyball at The University of Nebraska—Lincoln where she led her team to win the 2006 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament, and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Her collegiate accolades are numerous, and include winning the Honda-Broderick Cup (2007), the AVCA National Player of the Year (2006), and thrice the Big 12 Player of the Year (2005–07). She also won several academic awards, including twice winning ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year (2007–08) and earning a degree in biochemistry with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
After contacting Heather to find out if she knew anyone looking for a partner, she paired up with Heather Bansley in 2013 when she changed over to Beach Volleyball. After Qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, the pair competed in Pool-E and won all 3 matches with a 2-0 set score. For the Round of 16 match they were paired with the other Canadian team of Broder and Valjas, which they won in straight sets of (21–16, 21–11). The pair made it to the quarter finals at the Summer Olympics in Rio. They lost to Germany's Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst in straight sets of (14/21 14/21)