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London test event brings new kids on the block up to speed for world senior tour

Taliqua Clancy (left) and Karley Hynes are competing in their first senior event at the Visa FIVB Beach Volley International in London

London, Great Britain, August 10, 2011 – A year has proven to be a long time in beach volleyball for Australia’s Taliqua Clancy and Karley Hynes, who are competing in their first senior tournament at the Visa FIVB Beach Volleyball International.

In 2010 the duo won bronze at the FIVB Swatch Youth World Championships in Porto, but so far at Horse Guard’s Parade the focus has been on learning from their senior colleagues after losing their opening two games.

“We definitely wanted to come out here because the competition is so strong and gave us the chance to match up against the seniors,” Hynes said.

“We’ve got a couple of matches left, so hopefully our best chance (for a win) will come. We have our first world tour event next week in Finland, so we are really looking forward to that.”

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The Australians lost their opening fixture to number one seeds Shauna Mullin and Zara Dampney of Great Britain and then slipped to a defeat to China’s Fan Wang and Yuanyuan Ma in their second.

Even so the matches are proving to be good preparation for their debut on the FIVB Swatch World Tour, which comes next week at the Paf Open in the Aland Islands.

“As a team we have to control what we do on our side of the net,” Clancy said. “They are always very skilful and they don’t show a lot of emotion, but they are always together and consistent and take advantage of any mistakes.

“We haven’t had the best preparation as a team and we have had a few injuries. I’ve had a back injury since last year. It’s not the best preparation, but we’ve been working on it.”

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