USA and Canada duos dominate at Itapema Beach
ITAPEMA, Brazil, May 19, 2019 – April Ross and Alix Klineman
captured their third FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour gold medal
together as the Americans topped the podium of the Itapema Open,
the Brazilian four-star event held at the Meia Praia Beach, on
Ross and Klineman, the fifth-seeded team entering the
tournament, ended their Itapema campaign with a hard-fought
three-set (25-23, 18-21, 15-10) victory over Canada’s Sarah
Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes in front of a packed center court.
They were flanked in the podium by a pair of Canadian tandems,
as Brandie Wilkerson and Heather Bansley secured the bronze
The Itapema Open final was a rematch of the American AVP
Huntington Beach gold medal match, just two weeks ago. As in
Brazil, Ross and Klineman also needed three sets to prevail over
the Canadians, who are their eventual training partners, in
Before winning the Itapema Open, the Americans had collected two
other World Tour four-star gold medals, in the Hague and
Yangzhou, both in 2018.
For Pavan and Humana-Paredes, it was their eighth international
medal together. They won three golds, four silvers and one
bronze so far.
Bansley and Wilkerson returned to a familiar place in Itapema as
the Canadians finished third after a three-set (21-19, 17-21,
22-20) battle with the Netherlands’ Marleen van Iersel/Joy
Stubbe in the bronze medal match.
The result gave the world ranking leaders their second
consecutive bronze medal in Itapema as in 2018 they stepped on
the podium for the first time as a team in the Brazilian coastal
city, also in third place.
It was the seventh medal won by the Canadians in just one year
and the third in the 2018-2019 season. They won golds in Warsaw,
Las Vegas and Chetumal, silver in Ostrava and bronzes in Itapema