by callum dick
Beach Volleyball: Kingaroy's Taliqua Clancy and partner Louise Bawden's Beach Volleyball World Championships have came to a premature end in Austria on Wednesday night.
After going two wins and one loss in their pool play to progress to the round of 32 stage, the Rio Olympics quarter-finalists and tournament 11th seeds were matched with ninth-seed Maria Antonelli and Carolina Solberg Salgado of Brazil.
Despite winning the first set 22-20, the Aussies endured a Brazillian fightback as their opponents took the second 21-18 and the third, 15-12.
The loss consigned the pair to 17th - 12 places lower than the fifth they managed in the 2015 World Championship.
Clancy finished with a game-high 24 points including four blocks at the net, against a Brazilian pair who, despite playing in just their first season together, have a long list of podium finishes to their name.
"We just had a few runs of missed opportunities there, but all-in-all I'm really proud of how we performed and we fought it out to the end,” Clancy said.
"It's always hard to win games in World Championships,” Bawden said.
"We did our best, but it wasn't quite enough.”