Helloworld Travel Volleyeroos beach pair Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy have quailifed for the FIVB World Tour Finals in Hamburg, Germany next week from August 15 to 19.
After a stellar season on the sand this past year, the duo have bagged 4 gold and 1 bronze FIVB World Tour medals, Silver at the Commonwealth Games, and 2 Asian Beach Volleyball Tour Gold Medals, the pair are currnently reanked 6th in the World.
The sand has only just settled on the A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch but there’s no rest for former World, European and Major Series champions who make-up the 20-strong field in Germany’s famous harbour city.
It will be the second season running that Hamburg hosts the thrilling end-of-season finale where teams from across the world will battle for a share of the huge $800,000 prize purse – the biggest of the season.
The format for the tournament will change from the two previous World Tour Finals back to the system implemented at the inaugural edition in 2015. The 10 teams per gender will be split into two groups of five, with the group winners advancing straight to the semifinals. The second and third placed teams will move forward to the quarterfinals with the fourth and fifth ranked teams eliminated.
Women’s qualifiers: Barbora Hermannova/Markita Slukova (Czech Republic), Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa (Brazil), Maria Antonelli/Carolina Salgado (Brazil), Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson (Canada), Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan (Canada), Mariafe Artacho del Solar/Taliqua Clancy (Australia), Julia Sude/Chantal Laboureur (Germany), Victoria Bieneck/Isabel Schneider (Germany), Sanne Keizer/Madelein Meppelink (Netherlands), Summer Ross/Sara Hughes (USA).
Men’s qualifiers: Anders Mol/Christian Sorum (Norway), Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen (Netherlands), Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak (Poland), Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins (Latvia), Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera (Spain), Martins Plavins/Edgars Tocs (Latvia), Michal Bryl/Grzegorz Fijalek (Poland), Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai (Italy), Oleg Stoyanoviskiy/Igor Velichko (Russia), Clemens Wickler/Julius Thole (Germany).