Beach volleyball nail-biter between Australia and China

Taliqua Clancy digs the ball alongside her team mate Mariafe Artacho Del Solar. Photo provided by Volleyball Australia.

Australia’s Taliqua Clancy has won her fifth Asian Beach Volleyball Title and her second with partner Mariafe Artacho del Solar.

The Aussies defeated Chinese pair Wang and X. Y. Xia 2-0 in a tight final.

Clancy, of the Wulli Wulli people, was the first Indigenous volleyball player to represent Australia at the Olympics, after partnering with Louise Bawden at Rio in 2016.

The 26-year-old joined Artacho del Solar in 2018, where they won the Asian Championships for the first time together.

The second set had fans holding their breaths, trading points to finish 32-30. In beach volleyball, you have to win by two points or more, so if the score reaches 21 without a 2-point margin, the teams continue playing until a two-point gap opens up.

Australia also took home bronze from the tournament, with Phoebe Bell and Jessyka Ngauamo winning their final against Vanuatu 2-0 as well.

Clancy was unavailable for an interview due to a tight travel schedule before we went to publication.

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