This episode of SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter features Sophie Bukovec, one of the fastest-rising defenders in the world. Anyone following the NCAA beach volleyball system has long known Bukovec is talented, when she won three National Championships at USC alongside Sara Hughes, Kelly Claes, Allie Wheeler, Nicolette Martin, and Terese Cannon, among others. But this good? Silver medal at World Championships good?

She’s even surprised herself.

We chatted about that, and a whole lot more, including:

  • How Bukovec became the first beach-only player in Canadian history
  • How she came to USC, joining that venerated recruiting class
  • Her decision to switch to defense, and how she and Brandie Wilkerson came to be partners
  • The incredible run she and Wilkerson have had in 2022.

And, as always, a whole lot more.



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