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.
- 49er Beach Volleyball
- Overall Statistics
- 2008 Olympic Medalists
- Long Beach State's Olympic Tradition
- 2012 Summer Volleyball Camps
- Long Beach State's Beach Alumni
- Long Beach State's Beach Volleyball Legacy
- Misty May-Treanor's Official Site
- Media Guides
Long Beach State Cruises To Day Two Of The Big ...04/29/2016 - Beach Volleyball
A clean 5-0 sweep over CSUN gave Long Beach State a short day in a busy first day of the...
Long Beach State Hosts Inaugural Big West Beach...04/27/2016 - Beach Volleyball
Long Beach State and the Big West Conference will partner to host the first Big West Championship...
Beach Knocked Out In Final Day Of Aloha...04/23/2016 - Beach Volleyball
All five matches Saturday between Grand Canyon and Long Beach State went three sets, but...
Beach Opens Dual Play In Honolulu With Two Wins04/22/2016 - Beach Volleyball
Long Beach State picked up a pair of wins at the Outrigger Resorts Aloha Invitational, defeating ...
Long Beach State Drops Two Pairs Matches At...04/21/2016 - Beach Volleyball
Long Beach State lost two pairs matches Thursday night to open play at the Outrigger Resorts...
No. 6 Beach Pushes Pepperdine But Unable To...04/19/2016 - Beach Volleyball
No. 6 Long Beach State closed out the home slate by grabbing the first two sets of the day...