Bawden and Clancy dig deep to see off Chinese challenge


Australia’s Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy have stared down a major threat from China to post a second win at the 2017 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Vienna, Austria.

The Helloworld Travel Volleyroos found themselves one set down and trailling badly in the second set, and then again in the deciding set, before finally overwhelming China’s Xinxin Wang and Chen Xue 18-21, 21-19, 17-15.

“We had good faith in our team I think,” Bawden said.

“We know that if we keep sticking at it, we will create some opportunities. And we had to create a lot of opportunities before we could capitalise today and before we could get that kick on.

“I battled with the serving, it wasn’t easy to get the pass going the way we needed it to get some rhythm on our offence.

T (Taliqua) hung really tough and was really aggressive at the net which won us a lot of clutch points.”

The Australians, fifth at last year’s Rio Olympics, beat fellow Australians Nicole Laird and Jessyka Ngauamo in the opening match on Friday and are now looking good to progress to the next round of competition.

“I think we just tried to reinforce our game style,” Clancy said.

“We know that we will create pressure opportunities and we have to have faith in that and get back on track and push our game style.”

Laird and Ngauamo dropped their opening set 21-11 against USA’s April Ross and Lauren Fendrick, but then fought back strongly in the second set before losing 21-18.

Both Australian women’s teams and the men’s combination of Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann will all be in action on Monday.