ROME, Italy, June 18, 2022 -
Canada’s Brandie Wilkerson and Sophie Bukovec
will play Brazil in Sunday’s gold-medal match at
the Beach Volleyball World Championships in
In today’s semi-final, Canada dominated the
first set, and then Svenja Müller and Cinja
Tillmann stormed back in the second set to force
a tie-break. In the end Germany could not hold
off Canada’s pressure and early lead to fall 2-1
(21-15, 15- 21. 15, 12).
“I t’s a dream,” said Toronto’s Bukovec, in her
post-match interview. “I am so grateful and
honoured to be here… and to be playing on this
stage and in a final is incredible and to be
playing with Brandie, I have no words.”
Wilkerson is a 2020 Olympian with previous
partner Heather Bansley, now retired, and teamed
up with Bukovec for this season.
In the other women's semi, Brazil’s Duda/Ana
Patrícia defeated Heidrich/Vergé-Dépré of
Switzerland 2-0 (21-19, 21-13) to earn the
opportunity to play for gold. The women’s final
will be contested at 2 pm EDT on June 19.
This will mark the second time in a row that
Canada has a team in the women’s Worlds’ finals.
Beach Volleyball World Champions (2019) and
Olympians, Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes
were eliminated by Duda/Ana Patrícia in Friday's
quarterfinals. They finished fifth in the
standings at this tournament.
Megan and Nicole
McNamara were 17th overall, and the Canadian
men’s entry of Sam Schachter and Dan Dearing
also finished in 17th position.