DONE US PROUD: Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar have claimed silver in the Commonwealth Games women's beach volleyball.
DONE US PROUD: Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar have claimed silver in the Commonwealth Games women's beach volleyball. Contributed

Clancy shines with silver

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Kingaroy's Taliqua Clancy has claimed a silver medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games alongside teammate Mariafe Artacho del Solar.

The duo took on Canada's Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Padres in the gold medal match at Coolangatta Beach on Thursday night.

Before the Games, Clancy recognised that Canada would be among their biggest competitors.

The game was won in two sets, 21-19 and 22-20, for Canada to take the win.

The Australians proved their strength by finishing at the top of their pool and were undefeated until the gold medal match.

In their pool matches Clancy and Artacho del Solar took the win in twostraight sets over Cyprus, Scotland and Rwanda.

The Australians were first tested in their semi-final against Vanuatu on Wednesday night, which went down to three sets.

Australia took the first set 21-19 before Linline Matauatu and Miller Pata came back firing in the second set to win 21-16.

But Clancy and Artacho del Solar were too good in the final set, taking victory 15-9.

By taking to the court on Coolangatta Beach, the players made history by participating in beach volleyball's first inclusion in the Commonwealth Games program.

The Australian men's side of Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann claimed gold against Canada to be named Commonwealth champions and will be fighting for beach volleyball to be a regular inclusion in the Games.

"We don't want to be a one-hit wonder,” McHugh said.

"I think we've shown here, the Australian public have shown, that beach volleyball has a place in the Commonwealth Games.”

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