Hong Kong, China, October 4, 2015 – Australians Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy stamped their authority in the 2015 AVC Women’s Beach Volleyball Championship Hong Kong following their scintillating 21-16 21-15 victory over Vanuatu’s top seeds Linline Matauatu/Miller Pata in the Sunday’s final showdown.
In the semi-finals earlier, in-form Bawden and Clancy, who finished fifth at this year’s FIVB Beach Volleyball Women’s Championships in the Netherlands, stunned China 2’s Ma Yuanyuan/Xia Xinyi, who captured the gold medal at the last year’s Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, 21-16 21-13, while Matauatu/Pata powered past Australia 2’s duo of Peruvian-born Mariafe Artacho Del Solar and Nicole Laird 21-17 21-15.
Against the talented Matauatu/Pata, who last year claimed two titles in Thailand consisting of the Pattaya Challenger in Chon Buri and the Asian Tour Samila Open in Songkhla, Bawden and Clancy performed well, using their greater experience and form to foil the Vanuatu rivals’ determined fightback in the final showdown
The 183cm Bawden, who represented Australia in the 2012 London Olympics with Becchara Palmer but did not qualify from the pool stage, and Clancy, 184cm tall, combined well to penetrate the Vanuatu’s defence with their spectacular attacks and deceptive drops to win the first set without much effort 21-16.
The second set was still dominated by the Australians, who shone through their exceptional skills defensively and offensively. Bawden/Clancy captured the second set 21-15, the match and the championship. For the victory, Bawden and Clancy claimed 500 world ranking points, with Matauatu/Pata collecting 450 points
It was the year’s first victory of Bawden/Clancy after they finished fourth at the Long Beach Grand Slam in the USA onAugust 23 and a disappointing 25th position at the Oisztyn Grand Slam in Poland on the same month. Last year, the Australian duo clinched the Binz Beach Volleyball Tournament in Germany aside from landing the AVC Beach Volleyball Championship in China.
In the third-place playoff earlier, Australia 2’s Mariafe Artacho Del Solar and Nicole Laird pulled off a convincing 21-16 21-14 win over Chinese Ma Yuanyuan/Xia Xinyi to secure the third place of the tournament. Attach Del Solar/Laird claimed 400 points and the Chinese duo collected 350 points.
Linline Matauatu/Miller Pata (Vanuatu) b Mariafe Artacho Del Solar/Nicole Laird (Australia 2) 2-0 (21-17 21-15)
Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy (Australia 1) b Ma Yuanyuan/Xia Xinyi (China 2) 21-16 21-13)
Third-place playoff: Mariafe Artacho Del Solar/Nicole Laird (Australia 2) b Ma Yuanyuan/Xia Xinyi (China 2) 2-0 (21-16 21-14)
Final: Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy (Australia 1) b Linline Matauatu/Miler Pata (Vanuatu) 2-0 (21-16 21-15)
- Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy (Australia 1) 500 points
- Linline Matauatu/Miller Pata (Vanuatu) 450 points
- Mariafe Artacho Del Solar/Nicole Laird (Australia 2) 400 points
- Ma Yuanyuan/Xia Xinyi (China 2) 350 points
- Chen Chunxia/Tang Ningya (China 1); Dhita Juliana/Putu Dini Jasita Utami (Indonesia 1); Miki Ishhii/Megumi Murakami (Japan 2); Tatyana Mashkova/Irina Tsimbalova (Kazakhstan 1) 300 points
9. Cat/Wong Yuen Mei (Hong Kong 2); Lo Wai Yan/Tam hing Ching (Hong Kong 3); Takemi Nishibori/Sayaka Mizoe (Japan 1); Bakhtygul Samalikova/Yekaterina Lassyuta (Kazakhstan 2); Julia Tilley/Shaunna Polley (New Zealand); Rumpaipruet Numwong/Khanittha Hongpak (Thailand 2); Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee (Thailand 1); Liu Pi Hsing/Chang Ya Chu (Chinese Taipei 2) 240 points
17. Tatiana Sablan/Kendra Byrd (Guam 1); Jasmine Wenzel/Kristi Hammond (Guam); To Wing Tun/Koo Yung Yung (Hong Kong 1); Law W.S./Leong O.I (Macao); Lei S.K./Lei W.S. (Macao); Kou Nai Han/Tsai T.J. (Chinese Taipei); Do Hong Loan Huynh/Cam Thi Tran (Vietnam) 180 points
Photos taken in semi-finals
Linline Matauatu/Miller Pata (Vanuatu) against Mariafe Artacho Del Solar/Nicole Laird (Australia 2)
Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy (Australia 1) against Ma Yuanyuan/Xia Xinyi (China 2)