Canada’s Wilkerson, Bukovec stay perfect, advance to quarter-finals in Germany


Canadian beach volleyball duo Brandie Wilkerson and Sophie Bukovec remained undefeated and advanced to the quarter-finals atop their group at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Pro Tour Elite 16 event in Hamburg, Germany on Friday. 

The Toronto natives, who entered the tournament ranked 22nd in the world, beat Esmée Böbner and Zoé Vergé-Dépré of Switzerland (14-21, 21-15, 15-9) in the Pool D finale.

Wilkerson, 29, and Bukovec, 26, picked up two wins on the first day of the competition, defeating Italy’s Marta Menegatti and Valentina Gottardi and Germany’s Sandra Ittlinger and Isabell Schneider, respectively.

The Canadian pair partnered up ahead of the 2022 season and in May — finished second at the world championships in Rome.

WATCH | Canada stays perfect with victory over Switzerland:

FIVB Beach Pro Tour Elite 16 Hamburg Main Draw: Canada vs. Italy

Watch Canadians Sophie Bukovec and Brandie Wilkerson face Marta Menegatti and Valentina Gottardi of Italy in pool D action at the FIVB Beach Pro Tour Elite 16 in Hamburg, Germany.

Wilkerson and Bukovec will face Brazil’s Carolina Solberg Salgado and Barbara Seixas de Freitason in the quarter-finals on Saturday at 6 a.m. ET. The Brazilian duo finished second in Pool C with two victories. 

The FIVB Beach Pro Tour Elite 16 event in Germany runs through Sunday with the quarter-finals, semifinals and medal matches taking place over the weekend. You can stream the event live on CBC Sports, CBC Sports app and on CBC Gem, with the final set for 9 a.m. ET on Sunday.

WATCH | Canada defeats Italy in Hamburg:

FIVB Beach Pro Tour Elite 16 Hamburg Main Draw: Canada vs. Germany

Watch Canadians Sophie Bukovec and Brandie Wilkerson play Sandra Ittlinger and Isabel Schneider of Germany in pool D action at the FIVB Beach Pro Tour Elite 16 in Hamburg, Germany.



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