Silver for Canada at Beach Volleyball Worlds

ROME, Italy, June 19, 2022 - After an impressive run, Canada’s Sophie Bukovec and Brandie Wilkerson fell to Brazil’s Eduarda Santos Lisboa (Duda) and Ana Patricia Ramos 0-2 (17-21, 19-21) in Sunday’s women’s final at the Beach Volleyball World Championships Rome 2022.

Bukovec and Wilkerson were seeded 20th in the tournament and the team showed great composure winning their pool and advancing to the gold-medal match against the number-two seeded team from Brazil. Yesterday, the Canadians defeated Svenja Müller/ Cinja Tillmann of Germany in the tie-break of their semi-final.

For the most part in today’s match, Duda/Ana Patricia had the edge over the Canadian team, but Bukovec and Wilkerson not only stayed close behind in the score in the second set, but even took the lead at 17-16. In the end, it was Brazil’s day to win gold. The German team took bronze, after an injury to one of the Swiss players during that match earlier today. 

This is the first year Wilkerson and Bukovec, both of Toronto, have played together as a team. Wilkerson has previously competed at two World Championships, with the Vienna 2017 fifth place as her best result with Heather Bansley. Bukovec is a relative newcomer, but won the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships with then teammate Tia Miric, and has been working with several partners at the senior level.

This is the second podium finish in a row for Canadian women at the Beach Worlds. Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes won gold in 2019, but were eliminated by Duda/Ana Patrícia in Friday's quarterfinals. They finished fifth in the standings at this tournament.

Norway's Anders Mol and Christian Sorum won the men's gold over Brazil's Vitor Felipe and Renato Lima today In Rome.