July 28, 2014
Long Beach, Calif. - Incoming volleyball recruit Sophie Bukovec claimed a major championship this past weekend, winning the U21 World Championships held in Larnaka, Cyprus. Representing Canada with her partner Tia Miric, the pair topped Lithuania's Dumbauskaite/Povilaityte to win the championship with a thrilling 21-19, 18-21, 15-10 victory.
The pair started off the championships with a 4-1 record through pool play, good enough to top their group and advance to the knockout rounds with a bye. In the Round of 16, the pair topped Latvia's Pastare/Brinke in straight sets, featuring another incoming 49er recruit in Anete Brinke. The Canadian duo then advanced by winning a three-set match against Poland's Kociolek/Gruszczynska 19-21, 21-13, 15-12 in the Quarterfinals.
In the Semifinals, Bukovec and Miric had another strong performance, defeating Switzerland's Betschart/Eiholzer 23-21, 25-23 in a back-and-forth match. Dumbauskaite/Povilaityte defeated Claes/Hughes of the United States to reach the finals against Bukovec and Miric.
Bukovec is a sophomore transfer from McMaster College in Canada, and will play both indoor and sand volleyball for Long Beach State beginning in the 2014-15 academic year. Brinke will be joining the 49ers as a freshman.
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