Volleyball

Canada's Wilkerson, Bukovec eliminated at Paris Elite16 beach volleyball tournament

Canadians Brandie Wilkerson and Sophie Bukovec were eliminated from the Paris Elite16 beach volleyball event after splitting a pair of matches on Friday.

Toronto partners fall to U.S., defeat Finland in round robin stage

Canada's Sophie Bukovec, right, and Brandie Wilkerson seen here in Rome, Italy in June, fell to the U.S. and defeated Finland on Friday in round robin action at the Paris Elite16 beach volleyball tournament. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via The Associated Press)

Canadians Brandie Wilkerson and Sophie Bukovec were eliminated from the Paris Elite16 beach volleyball event after splitting a pair of matches on Friday.

The Toronto duo started the day by dropping a 2-0 (21-16, 21-18) decision to Kelly Cheng and Betsi Flit of the United States.

Cheng led all players with 27 points, while Bukovec scored 13 for Canada. Wilkerson chipped in with 10.

The loss prevented Wilkerson and Bukovec from advancing to the tournament's quarter-finals.

The Canadian pair, ranked 13th in the world, bounced back in the finale of pool play with a 2-1 (21-18, 18-21, 15-10) victory over Taru Lahti-Liukkonen and Niina Ahtiainen of Finland. Bukovec led all players with 31 points.

Wilkerson and Bukovec finished third in Pool C with a 1-2 record behind Flint and Cheng (3-0) and Americans Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss (2-1).

Live coverage of the tournament - continuing on Saturday at 7 a.m. ET with the quarter-finals and semifinals - will be available on CBCSports.ca and CBC Gem.

WATCH | U.S. earn victory over Canada:

FIVB Beach Pro Tour Elite 16 Paris: Canada vs United States

2 months ago
Duration 43:43
Canadians Sophie Bukovec and Brandie Wilkerson take on Americans Betsi Flint and Kelly Cheng in Paris.

WATCH | Canada tops Finland:

FIVB Beach Pro Tour Elite 16 Paris: Canada vs Finland

2 months ago
Duration 1:00:35
Canadians Sophie Bukovec and Brandie Wilkerson take on Finland's Taru Lahti-Liukkonen and Niina Ahtiainen in Paris.

With files from CBC Sports

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