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Canada's Wilkerson and Bukovec ousted from Paris Elite16 beach volleyball event

Canada's Brandie Wilkerson, left, and Canada's Sophie Bukovec celebrate during the beach volley final match between Canada's Bukovec-Brandie and Brazil's Duda-Ana Patricia at the beach volley World Championships in Rome, Sunday, June 19, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Andrew Medichini

PARIS — 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 quarterfinals.

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).

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 30, 2022.

The Canadian Press