Schedule & Results: Catch Up
Sun, sand and serious competition on the shores of Copacabana
When you combine one of the world’s most iconic beaches and some of beach volleyball’s most passionate fans you are guaranteed to produce one of the highlights of the 2016 Games. The Beach Volleyball Arena will be rocking when the sport’s elite hit the pristine white sand of Copacabana Beach in their bid for Olympic glory. They are the hottest tickets at the Games.
Athletes to watch: Lousie Bawden and Taliqua Clancy where the first to be officially named to represent Australia in beach volleyball at the Rio 2016 Games. Clancy (23) will become Australia's first Indigenous Olympian in the sport and Bawden (34) is off to her third Games, 16 years after her first.
The pair finished the 15-month qualification period seeded seventh on Olympic adjusted rankings and secured an automatic berth.
The dream of representing Australia at the Olympic Games has been driving Nicole Laird (23) and Mariafe Artacho del Solar (22) since they first started playing on Manly Beach when they were at high school. A victory at the final qualification event in Cairns on July 1 secured Australia's second beach volleyball pair. Laird and Artacho del Solar will both make their Olympic debuts at Copacabana Beach.
All four girls are great friends and have played with each other before. They’ll all benefit from having two teams in Rio.
Qualification, Nomination & Selection
There is a maximum of two men’s and two women’s teams per nation, with a total field of 24 teams per event.
Brazil as host nation were allocated one spot for men and women. Then by Brazilian teams winning the 2015 World Championships they secured the maximum quota.
The 15 highest ranked teams (not including the 2015 World Champions) as of 13 June 2016 will also earn their quota places.
With 11 months of the qualification period to go Bawden/Clancy were comfortably inside the top 15.
If two Australian sides are yet to qualify via this method a pairing can enter the Continental Cup (Continental Final - June 20-26, 2016) with the winning team securing qualification. If two Australian sides are still yet to qualify and they finished in either second or third at the Continental Final they can then enter the Continental Cup (Olympic Qualification – 4-10 July, 2016) where the two finalists will be the last qualifiers for the Rio Games.
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Nomination to the AOC
Following the confirmation of quota spots to Australian athletes through the FIVB Top 15 Olympic Ranking, Volleyball Australia (VA) will nominate these athletes to the AOC for selection. If Australia has not already qualified the maximum quota spots permitted through the FIVB Top 15 Olympic Ranking, Australia may qualify quota spots through the FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup and/or AVC Beach Volleyball Continental Cup.
Following the confirmation of quota spots to Australia through these Continental Cups, VA will determine the athletes to be nominated to the AOC to achieve the optimum team compatibility and balance for the best possible results at the 2016 Olympic Games. In making this decision, VA will have consideration for a series of performance, ranking and discretionary factors.
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Selection by the AOC
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Appeals Tribunal Chair
Phone: 02 8224 3006
- 13 June 2016 - Olympic ranking period ends
- 20-26 June 2016 - Continental Cup (Continental Final)
- 4-10 July 2016 - Olympic Qualification Final
Teams Qualified (as of November, 2015)
- Men – Brazil (x2)
- Women - Brazil (x2)
Competition Format & Events
Olympic beach volleyball is served up with a pool stage to commence competition. The 24 men’s and women’s teams are divided into six pools of four with each team playing one another once. After teams have contested their pools, the top two teams from each pool and the top four highest placed third ranked teams progress to the quarter finals. The winners of the two semi-finals playoff for gold and the losers of the two semi-finals play off for bronze.
Each match lasts three sets with the first team to reach 21 points in the first two sets and 15 in the third set winning the set. The first pair to win two sets win the match.
Australia and Olympic Volleyball - Beach
Kerri Pottharst and Natalie Cook won Australia’s first ever Olympic volleyball medal when they claimed bronze on the beach at Atlanta in 1996 at the discipline's debut. Four years later in Sydney, Pottharst and Cook won the gold medal before thousands of hometown fans on Bondi Beach.
At Athens 2004 Cook and Nicole Sanderson lost the bronze medal match in three sets, with Cook going so close to a third consecutive medal. Tamsin Hinchley (Barnett), who played indoor volleyball for Australia in Sydney 2000, switched to the beach and finished fifth alongside Cook in Beijing 2008. The London Olympics marked Cook’s fifth and final Games. She bowed out as the only athlete to have competed in all five beach competitions since its Olympic inception and the first female summer Olympian to compete at five Games for Australia.
Julien Prosser and Mark Williams have come closest to winning a medal in men’s beach volleyball. The pair lost the bronze medal match at the 2004 Athens Games to Switzerland duo Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel.
Australia's Olympic athletics medal tally is: 2 (1 gold, 0 silver, 1 bronze)
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Did you know
- A team can win points whether they are serving or not. The team that wins the point serves for the next point.
- A team may only touch the ball three times before it is sent back over the net. These touches must be alternate unless a player blocks a ball at the net – in that circumstance they are then able to take the team’s second of three hits also.
- The USA's Misty May and Kerri Walsh Jennings are the most successful Olympic beach volleyballers having won gold at Athens, Beijing and London. The most successful men's beach volleyballer is Brazil's Emanuel Rego who won gold in Athens, bronze in Beijing and silver in London.
Pre-Rio AUS Tally
13 (Days 1-13)
- Medal Events
2 (2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)
- Total Athletes
96 (48 men & 48 women)
- AUS Athletes
Beach volleyballers bow out with heads high 15 August 2016
Our beach volleyball duo of Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy bowed out of the women's competition last night after a hard-fought quarter final loss to USA. They had a remarkable campaign that saw them win four straight games and can head home proud.
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Dynamic duo qualify for quarter finals 15 August 2016
Australian duo Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy have qualified for the quarter finals of the women's beach volleyball at the Rio Games. They defeated Poland in the round of 16 and now take on reigning champions USA for a spot in the medal matches.
Fan messages to our athletes (take #2) 14 August 2016
Our Olympic athletes receive fan messages from people who admire them and their efforts at the Games. Sprint canoeists Alyce Burnett and Lachlan Tame, and beach volleyballer Maria Fe Artacho del Solar open up about their favourite ones.
Fan messages to our athletes (take #1) 12 August 2016
Our Olympic athletes receive messages of support from family, friends and supporters who admire them and their efforts at the Games. Rowers Rhys Grant and Sally Kehoe, and beach volleyballer Nicole Laird open up about their favourite ones.
Bawden & Clancy qualify for knockout phase 11 August 2016
Our beach volleyball combination of Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy are unbeaten at the Games and qualified for the knockout phase, while Nicole Laird and Maria Fe Artacho del Solar missed out in another hard fought battle.
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Mixed results for Beach Volleyballers 9 August 2016
Our Beach Volleyball girls experienced the full gamut of emotions on day three of Olympic competition. Hear from all four athletes: Nicole Laird, Maria Fe Artacho del Solar, Taliqua Clancy and Louise Bawden.