Beach Volleyball World Championships Rome 2022 – Daily Updates
DAY 8: FRIDAY 17 JUNE
Australia’s Olympic silver medallists Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy lined up for a tough quarterfinal battle at the Beach Volleyball World Championships in Rome overnight.
They faced Germany’s Svenja Muller and Cinja Tillmann in what has been their closest battle at the event so far.
The Aussies claimed the opening set 23-21, before their German opponents snagged the second set 21-18.
The third and final set was point for point, with Muller/Tillman eventually edging out in front to claim the 2:1 victory (21-23, 21-18, 16-14), bringing an end to Australia’s Beach World Championships campaign.
DAY 7: THURSDAY 16 JUNE
Australia’s two remaining teams took to the court on day seven of the Rome 2022 Beach Volleyball World Championships for the Round of 16, and a place in the quarterfinals up for grabs.
In a stunning performance, Aussie Olympic silver medalists Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy upset the world number 1 pairing of Stam/Schoon (NED) to claim their spot in the quarter finals.
In what can only be described as a dominant performance, Clancy/Artacho del Solar came out firing, managing to win the game without dropping a set.
“We are through to the quarterfinals now and we’re super excited,” Artacho del Solar said.
“We’ve got Germany tomorrow, and we’re going to go out there and play our best – let’s go!” she said.
Fellow Aussies Izac Carracher and Mark Nicolaidis continued to impress in their World Championships debut, however were unable to advance past the Round of 16, after a tough loss against #5 seeds Andre/George (BRA).
Carracher and Nicolaidis will bow out of the competition with an equal ninth place finish.
“We came out knowing we were going to face another really tough Brazillian team and that we’d have to stick out a side out battle to have a chance,” Carracher said.
“Unfortunately we didn’t execute the way we had been executing, but that’s volleyball
“I think we can take a lot of positives out of this experience, but there’s also a lot of space for improvement and we’re hungry for more,” he said.
Australian Quarterfinals Schedule for the 2022 Beach Volleyball World Championships Rome (all times AEST):
- 10pm 17 June: Clancy/Artacho del Solar v Muller/Tillman (GER)
Watch live via https://www.volleyballworld.tv/
Schedule & Results: https://bit.ly/3zuTMk6
DAY 6: WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE
After earning a day off on the fifth day of competition, Australia’s three remaining teams returned to the court at the Rome 2022 Beach Volleyball World Championships.
World Championships debutants Izac Carracher and Mark Nicolaidis were the first on court, coming up against a tough Berntsen/Mol, H. of Norway.
But that wasn’t going to deter the young guns from putting up a fight, and that’s just what they did, powering home to claim a straight sets victory (2:0 | 21-17, 21-16) and putting them through to the Round of 16.
We came into it knowing we were going to be the underdogs, and that’s where we perform our best,” Nicolaidis said.
“It definitely was a tough game, but Izac really took over the game and won it for us – we’re just really happy,” he said.
“We’ve got a really big game up next, the Round of 16 against Brazil,” Carracher added.
“We’ve had a couple match ups against Brazillian teams so far and they’ve both been tough fought battles so we’re going to expect a really strong performance from them.
“We say day in, day out, if we can deliver our best volleyball we’ll be happy whatever the outcome.
“So we’ll come out there tomorrow, rest, rehydrate – play our best volleyball and see where that takes us,” he said.
Carracher and Nicolaidis will now face #5 seeds Andre/George (BRA) who knocked out Aussie teammates Chris McHugh and Paul Burnett in a tough Round of 32 match.
“It was a disappointing result for us today, we didn’t play our best, particularly on the side out against a very good Brazilian opponent,” McHugh said.
“It’s hard to make those points back when they are siding out well.
“We’re disappointed, but looking forward to Gstaad in two weeks to improve again,” he said.
Australia’s only women’s team remaining, Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy, managed to claim an emphatic win over Germany’s Ittlinger/Schneider (2:0 | 21-17, 22-20) to book their spot in the Round of 16.
“We fought for every point and stayed locked in as a team!” Artacho del Solar said.
“The goal is to keep building each game and now we move onto the next game against world number 1 Netherlands tomorrow,” she said.
Australian Match Schedule for the Round of 16 of the 2022 Beach Volleyball World Championships Rome (all times AEST):
- 7pm AEST 16 June: Nicolaidis/Carracher v Andre/George (BRA)
- 9pm AEST 16 June: Clancy/Artacho del Solar v Stam/Schoon (NED)
Watch live via https://www.volleyballworld.tv/
Schedule & Results: https://bit.ly/3zuTMk6
DAY 4: MONDAY 13 JUNE
Monday saw our Aussie teams line up in their third and final pool matches at the Rome 2022 Beach Volleyball World Championships.
Off the back of their victory against #12 seeds from Brazil, Izac Carracher and Mark Nicolaidis notched another win for the green and gold, defeating Mora/Lopez of Nicaragua 2:1 (21-13, 14-21, 15-7).
With two out of three wins, the World Championship debutants have topped their Pool and will now advance to the knockout Round of 32.
“We knew we had to perform at our best today against Nicaragua, they’re a solid team,” Carracher said.
“We had some opportunities early and really capitalized on them in a strong first set. We didn’t perform the way we wanted to in the second set, but to bring it back in the third is super valuable for us going into the next couple of games”
“We’ve got the day off tomorrow, so we’re really looking forward to re-setting and to come at the Round of 32 firing on Wednesday,” added Nicolaidis.
World Championship bronze medallists Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar were narrowly defeated by USA’s Cannon/Sponcil in three sets (21-16, 19-21, 6-15).
The Americans will top the pool undefeated, but with the Aussies in second place, their World Championship run continues on Tuesday in the Round of 32.
Chris McHugh and Paul Burnett were also defeated by their German opponents 0:2 (19-21, 18-21), but as one of the best thirds in a pool, will advance to the Round of 32 with an opportunity to keep their World Championships dreams alive.
“It was a disappointing loss tonight against Germany, it was a high quality game and we had our chances” said McHugh.
“Fortunately we have done enough to progress through to the next stage of the competition and we are looking forward to continuing the strong growth we have shown this tour in the upcoming matches,” he said.
Up and coming players Alisha Stevens and Georgia Johnson have wrapped up their debut World Championships. After a very tight opening set in their match up against France’s Placette/Richard, the French pulled away in the second set to take a 2:0 victory (22-20, 21-12).
Drawing of the lots for the Round of 32 will take place on Tuesday 14 June at 1pm local time (9pm AEST).
For the full schedule and results – https://bit.ly/3zuTMk6
DAY 3: SUNDAY 12 JUNE
World Championship debutants Mark Nicolaidis and Izac Carracher has upset #12 seeds in the second pool game of the Rome 2022 Beach Volleyball World Championships.
The up-and-coming Aussies defeated their pool’s top ranked team, Renato/Vitor Felipe of Brazil, 2:1 (21-9, 17-21, 15-12).
“We came into it knowing they would be a really tough opponent – top seeded team in our pool and Brazillians, so it was always going to be a battle,” Nicolaidis said.
“We came out really strong in the first set, played our game plan really well and got the job done. We backed off a little and they picked up their game in the second, and the third set was just a big battle and we stuck together as a team and won the battle.”
“We’ve got an awesome opportunity now with that win,” added Carracher. “So we’re going into tomorrow playing Nicaragua to try to get through to the knock-out phases… so we’ll look forward to that, do some scouting and reset for that one.”
Olympic silver medallists Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy also notched another win on the board, defeating Leila/Lidy of Cuba in straight sets (21-16, 21-18).
“We won our second match of our group, so we’re super excited to move out of the group phase and can’t wait for our next game,” said Artacho del Solar.
Chris McHugh and Paul Burnett were narrowly defeated by Uruguay’s Hannibal/Cairus 1:2 (19-21, 21-15, 13-15).
“It was a really close match at the end but we didn’t play our best today and at this level, you need to be at the top of your game,” McHugh said.
“Really disappointing for the team, but we’ll come out stronger for our match tomorrow against Germany.”
“It should be a really good game tomorrow,” added Burnet. “We’ve versed [the German team] a couple of times already this season and they’ve both been really close battles, so we’re really motivated after the game today to bounce back strong and hopefully get a win against Germany.”
Germany’s Laboureur/Schulz had the upper hand over Aussie World Championship debutants Georgia Johnson and Alisha Stevens, winning 2:0 (21-15, 21-16).
Australian Match Schedule on Day 4 of the 2022 beach Volleyball World Championships Rome (all times AEST):
- 5pm 13 June: Clancy/Artacho del Solar v Cannon/Sponcil (USA)
- 9pm 13 June: Nicolaidis/Carracher v Mora/Lopez (NIC)
- 9pm 13 June: Stevens/Johnson v Placette/Richard (FRA)
- 4am 14 June: McHugh/Burnett v Ehlers/Wickler (GER)
DAY 2: SATURDAY 11 JUNE
The Australian Men’s Beach Volleyball Teams took to the court on Day 2 of the 2022 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Rome, with both teams bringing their A-Games.
Selected Commonwealth Games athletes Chris McHugh and Paul Burnett opened with a victory over their Cuban opponents, Noslen Diaz Amaro and Jorge Luis Alayo Moliner, 2:0 (21-15, 21-18).
“Always nervous going into the first game of the World Champs, and first one ever for me, but we played really well as a team and managed to get the win in two sets against Cuba, who are a very strong team themselves,” Burnett said.
“We’re really happy with that performance and we’ll keep building on that tomorrow and through the rest of the week.”
In their World Championships debut, Izac Carracher and Mark Nicolaidis had a tight three set battle against 13th seeds Alison Curetti and Gustavo Albrecht Caravalhaes from Brazil on Centre Court.
While the Aussies pushed them for every point, Brazil secured the victory 2:1 (19-21, 21-18, 15-10).
“We knew we were going to come up against a tough side, they’re both very experienced players so we knew we had to bring our A-Game,” Carracher said.
“I think our offense strategy and the way we played put us in a position to win today, we just couldn’t get the job done. So we’re looking forward to tomorrow to continue to step up and continue developing our offense game.”
Nicolaidis said their first taste of the World Championships has been a great experience.
“It’s been really good to be surrounded and engulfed by the best teams in the world and it’s really helping us to bring out our best game and see if we can compete with the best in the world,” he said.
Australian Match Schedule on Day 3 of the 2022 beach Volleyball World Championships Rome (all times AEST):
- 7pm 12 June: Nicolaidis/Carracher v Renato/Vitor Felipe (BRA)
- 9pm 12 June: Clancy/Artacho del Solar v Leila/Lidy (CUB)
- 10pm 12 June: McHugh/Burnett v Hannibal/Cairus (URU)
- 1am 13 June: Stevens/Johnson v Laboureur/Schulz (GER)
DAY 1: FRIDAY 10 JUNE, 2022
The Australians are underway at the 2022 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Rome, Italy, with the women playing their opening pool matches on Day 1 of the competition.
The 2019 World Championships bronze medallists, Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy had a swift first round victory over Egypt’s Doaa Elghobashy and Farida El Askalany 2:0 (21-10, 21-14).
“It’s a great start for our team to get the win against Egypt,” Artacho del Solar said. “We executed our skills well and now look to take that momentum into our next game against Cuba on Sunday.”
World Championship debutants Alisha Stevens and Georgia Johnson had a tough opening round draw, facing the defending World Champions and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallists Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan from Canada.
The Aussies dug deep and fought all the way, but the experienced Canadian team proved too strong, taking the win 2-0 (21-17, 21-6).
“Taking the reigning World Championships on in our debut couldn’t be better,” said Johnson. “We’re proud to hold up like we did in the first set, but lots to learn from the second.
“We’re looking forward to the next game!”
The men will start their campaign on Saturday in their Round 1 Pool Matches:
- Saturday 6pm AEST (10am local time): Nicolaidis/Carracher v Alison/Guto 🇧🇷
- Saturday 11pm AEST (3pm local time): McHugh/Burnett v Diaz/Alayo 🇨🇺