Australia’s Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar head into the World Beach Volleyball Championships in great form with victory in the FIVB 4 Star World Tour Event in Warsaw, Poland.
Taliqua and Mariafe seeded fifth in Poland defeated the 11th seeds from the United States, Emily Stockman and Kelley Larsen, 2-0 in the final.
The Australians recovered to win the first set 22-20 with the Americans holding double set points. Taliqua and Mariafe went on to win the second set 21-17.
Mariafe says the comeback in the first set was the result of great team work; “The set is not over until the last whistle. We stuck together, we kept fighting every point, and we kept hustling. It was really good team work and really good patience from us and we just trusted the process.”
Mariafe and Taliqua have now won gold five times on the World Tour and head to the World Titles in Hamburg from 28 June to 7 July, confident of success on the back of good form this season.
Taliqua says the victory in Warsaw augers well for Hamburg; ”We are going to the World Championships with the same mentality; point by point, game by game. I am so excited to go back to Hamburg. It is such a great event and it would be amazing to be in the same position we are today.”