ROME, Italy - June 17, 2022- Canadians
Brandie Wilkerson and Sophie Bukovec, both of
Toronto, controlled their quarter-final match
today to sweep Italy’s Marta Menegatti/
Valentina Gottardi 2-0 (21-15, 21-12). They will
play in the semis tomorrow in Rome at the Beach
Volleyball World Championships.
"We weren’t even sure we would qualify (for the
Worlds), so that was a win in itself," said
Bukovec to Volleyball World TV. "And then we’re
just taking every game step by step and enjoying
the process, and if that means we come out with
wins, then that’s amazing.
Next, Bukovec/Brandie will play Germany’s Svenja
Müller/ Cinja Tillmann on Saturday at 2 pm ET.
Defending World Champions (2019) and
Olympians, Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes
stormed into the playoffs unbeaten, until they
were eliminated by Brazil's Duda/Ana Patrícia
0-2 (22-24, 14-21) in Friday's quarterfinals.
They finish fifth in the standings.
On Wednesday, British Columbians Megan and
Nicole McNamara fought hard against Italy’s
Scampoli/Bianchin, but lost the tie-break set
and were eliminated, finishing 17th overall.
The Canadian men’s entry of Sam Schachter and
Dan Dearing fell to Nõlvak/Tiisaar of Estonia on
Wednesday. They also finished in 17th position.
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships are
held every two years. However, due to the
pandemic the last Worlds was in 2019, also in