Canada’s Wilkerson, Bukovec earn women’s world beach volleyball silver 💥👩👩💥

ROME – Canada’s Brandie Wilkerson and Sophie Bukovec claimed silver in the women’s world beach volleyball championship Sunday.

The Toronto duo fell 21-17, 21-19 to Brazil’s Eduarda Santos Lisboa and Ana Patricia Silva Ramos in the final in Rome.

Wilkerson, 29, and Bukovec, 26, are a new team having joined forces before this season.

The Canadians were seeded 20th in the world championship and lost to the No. 2 seeds Sunday.

The Brazilians had the upper hand for most of the final, although the Canadians briefly led 17-16 in the second set.

Wilkerson, who is considered one of the best blockers in the women’s beach game, finished fifth in last summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo with Heather Bansley.

Canadian women played in a second straight world final.

Toronto’s Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., captured gold in 2019.

Humana-Paredes and Pavan were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Lisboa and Ramos to finish fifth in Rome.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 19, 2022.

Canada’s Wilkerson, Bukovec earn women’s world beach volleyball silver

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