From Volleyball Canada:
Chetumal, Mexico, October 28, 2018 – Heather Bansley (Waterdown, ON) and Brandie Wilkerson (Toronto, ON) convincingly defeated Caitlin Ledoux and Geena Urango of the United States 2-0 (21- 12, 21-13) for gold at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour three-star Women’s Chetumal Open on Sunday.
Currently ranked number one in the FIVB beach volleyball women’s world rankings, this is Bansley and Wilkerson’s second gold medal in a row. Last week they won the 4-star event in Las Vegas.
“It’s been long a two weeks, we’re exhausted, but we really wanted to win today, that was our goal coming here,” Bansley told FIVB.com. “We came here to get some valuable Olympic qualification points and this is a big win for us. The fans were amazing, they pushed us all the way to the final and it was a really special tournament.”
Now ranked number one in the entire world, Wilkerson, 26, and Bansley, 31, were also recently named the best blocker and best defender respectively for the 2018 season.
The pair can attribute much of their success to coach Lennard Krapp, who began working with them in May of this year. Krapp, who is also the head coach and founder of the Markham Revolution Volleyball Club, brought over a quarter century of international coaching experience in both his native Germany and Canada into his relationship with Wilkerson and Bansley, and the results have been astonishing.
Pakmen Volleyball recently ran an excellent feature about Krapp and his influence on the world's best beach pairing:
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