Liliana and Baquerizo earned their first World Tour podium place at the
2013
Aland Open.
2013
is set to be a big year for the Spanish duo with a first World Tour
gold in their sights.
at the time we did not notice any of the fuss that we were causing.
That was probably for the best, because we were nervous enough
as it was.”
After the Olympic Games, we found ourselves answering 40 or 50
emails per day and we received about 100 messages congratulating
us on our performance,” Baquerizo added.
After their outstanding performance in Fuzhou, which equaled their
best ever performance in an FIVB event, Fernandez-Steiner and
Baquerizo kicked off their seventh season together in style.
Their first senior tournament as a partnership was at the 2007 Voley
Playa Madrid tournament in Spain’s capital and a year later they
made their World Tour debuts together in front of their home fans at
the 2008 Barcelona Open.
They have been through a lot together since those early days, but
one thing that has not changed between Fernandez-Steiner and
Baquerizo, is the belief that they have in one another.
We knew from the very beginning that we had great chemistry
together, both on and off of the court,” Fernandez-Steiner said. “This
chemistry was the reason that kept us believing in our partnership
and the overriding factor that helped us decide to take the huge step
of pursuing our dreams.”
While the duo have made huge strides over a small period of time,
they have avoided becoming carried away with their achievements
and retain a certain amazement about how far they have come as
a pair.
I never imagined that I could end up being a professional beach
volleyball player,” Baquerizo admitted. “For me, it was very hard to
believe that one day I would represent my country in the Olympic
Games. Despite it being unexpected though, I love how things
turned out.”
LILIANA FERNANDEZ STEINER
COUNTRY:
Spain
YEARS PLAYING
INTERNATIONALLY:
6 – 2008
debut on FIVB Beach Volleyball
World Tour
HEIGHT :
178
cm (5’10”)
HOMETOWN:
Benidorm, Tenerife
DATE OF BIRTH:
04/01/1987
HONOURS:
2013
Fuzhou Open – silver medal
2012
Aland Open – silver medal
CEV European Championships – bronze
medal
Four times Spanish champions
2012
London Olympic Games
2003
FIVB World Grand Prix bronze
2003
FIVB World Cup bronze
2004
Olympic Games Best Digger
2002
FIVB World Championship silver
2001
FIVB World Grand Prix Best Digger
2001
FIVB World Champions Cup
Best Digger
ELSA BAQUERIZO-MCMILLAN
COUNTRY:
Spain
YEARS PLAYING
INTERNATIONALLY:
6 – 2008
debut on FIVB Beach Volleyball
World Tour
HEIGHT :
181
cm (5’11”)
HOMETOWN:
Madrid
DATE OF BIRTH:
25/06/1987
HONOURS:
2013
Fuzhou Open – silver medal
2012
Aland Open – silver medal
CEV European Championships – bronze
medal
Four times Spanish champions
2012
London Olympic Games
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