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Canada's Wilkerson, Bukovec defeat Germany to clinch spot in beach volleyball worlds final

Canada's Brandie Wilkerson and Sophie Bukovec won their Saturday semifinal at the beach volleyball world championships, setting up a chance to become world champions just months after becoming a team.

Duo to face Brazil's Ana Patricia, Duda in Sunday's final

Canada's Brandie Wilkerson, left, and teammate Sophie Bukovec celebrate after winning the beach volleyball world championship semifinals in Rome on Sunday. (Andrew Medichini/The Associated Press)

Canada's Sophie Bukovec and Brandi Wilkerson have only played four tournaments together, but they are peaking at the right time. 

The new Canadian pair punched their ticket to the FIVB beach volleyball world championship final on Saturday with a three-set semifinal win over Germany's Cinja Tillman and Svenja Muller. 

Of all the games the Canadian duo has played through the tournament, the semifinal might have been the simplest, at least on the scoresheet, as Wilkerson and Bukovec won the first and third sets 21-15 while dropping the second by the same score. 

"It's a dream. I'm so grateful and so honoured to be here," Bukovec said after the semifinal win. "To play on this stage and to play in a final is incredible. Playing with Brandi is awesome."

The Toronto-based pair were perfect through pool play, defeating teams from Switzerland, Italy, the U.S. and France, before getting by Thailand, Italy and a second German team in the knockout stages. 

The pair have clinched themselves a world championship medal and finish as the best of the three Canadian pairs that competed at the tournament. Fellow Canadians and 2019 world champions Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes saw their title hopes dashed in the quarter-finals. Meanwhile, Megan and Nicole McNamara fell out of the round of 32. 

Bukovec and Wilkerson will take on Brazil's Ana Patricia and Duda for the gold medal at 2 p.m ET on Sunday. The match can be streamed live on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ben Steiner

Freelance Writer

Ben Steiner is a freelance sports journalist and commentator with experience covering U SPORTS, FIS World Cup Alpine Skiing, IBSF World Cup Bobsled, and the Canadian National Soccer Teams. After growing up in Vancouver, he is now based in Toronto. Twitter: @BenSteiner00

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