Volleyball Canada


Canadians finish fifth at Elite16 in Gstaad

July 06, 2024: On Saturday, fourth-ranked Melissa Humana-Paredes and Brandie Wilkerson fell in the quarterfinals of the Elite16 in Gstaad, Switzerland. With the loss, Melissa/Brandie finished the tournament tied for fifth.

The Canadians were victorious through pool play, beating teams from Switzerland, China and the U.S., en route to a perfect 3-0 record. The performance earned Melissa/Brandie a spot in Saturday’s quarterfinal, where they faced off against ninth-ranked Tina/Anastasija of Latvia.

Melissa/Brandie dropped the first set 13-21, but fought hard in the second, pushing the Latvians to extra points. In the end, the Canadians lost the second set 20-22.

The Canadians will have a chance to redeem themselves at Paris 2024, which runs from July 26 to August 11. There, Melissa/Brandie will meet the Latvians in pool play on the ultimate stage. The Canadians also drew Paraguay and Switzerland in their pool.

Two additional Canadian beach teams will be competing in Paris. On the women’s side, 20th-ranked Heather Bansley and Sophie Bukovec, and in the men’s bracket, 22nd-ranked Sam Schachter and Daniel Dearing.

Full schedule and results for Gstaad are available on the Beach Volleyball World website.