Canadians Bansley/Wilkerson Notch Chetumal Gold, American Pairs Round Out the Podium

  0 Wendy Mayer | October 28th, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

FIVB Chetumal Three Star

Top seeded Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson of Canada denied American qualifiers Caitlin Ledoux/Geena Urango a dream finish to their first FIVB World Tour event as a pairing with a 21-12, 21-13 win for the Chetumal Three Star gold medal on Sunday.

The title marks the third of the year for Bansley/Wilkerson, following golds at the Las Vegas Open last week (Oct. 21) and Warsaw Four Star (July 1). The duo earns a $10,000 payday for the title. 

Ledoux picked up her fourth FIVB medal of the year, following gold at the Satun One Star with Emily Stockman (April 11), silver with Jace Pardon at the Shepparton One Star (Feb. 4) and bronze with Sarah Sponcil at the Haiyang Three Star (July 22). The medal is the first for Urango.

Ledoux/Urango take home $8,000 for the runnerup finish.

In the bronze medal match, third-seeded Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings/Brooke Sweat earned their first FIVB medal as a duo, outlasting Canadian collegiate stars Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara in tiebreak (16-21, 21-8, 15-10).

Walsh Jennings/Sweat nab a $5,000 payday.

Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat celebrate winning bronze at the FIVB Chetumal Three Star. Photo courtesy: FIVB.

The tournament marked just the second world tour appearance for Walsh Jennings/Sweat after finishing 17th in their debut at the Las Vegas Four Star.

This is the first FIVB medal of the year for Walsh Jennings, while Sweat also won bronze at the Fort Lauderdale Five Star alongside Summer Ross (March 4).

The McNamaras earned their second fourth-place finish in six FIVB Tour appearances in 2018, matching their best finish from the Bangkok One Star (May 13).

Bronze Medal – Walsh Jennings/Sweat def. McNamara/McNamara 16-21, 21-8, 15-10

Gold Medal – Bansley/Wilkerson def. Ledoux/Urango 21-12, 21-13

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About Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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