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Your guide to the 2023 Beach Volleyball World Championships

Your guide to the 2023 Beach Volleyball World Championships

The 2023 Beach Volleyball World Championships start in Mexico later this week, with the men’s and women’s winners not only taking the glory, but also becoming the first teams to book places for Paris 2024.

Four Australian teams will be in action – three men’s teams and one women’s team – in the tournament which will be played at four venues in three cities – Tlaxcala, Huamantla and Apizaco.

Click here for draws and results.

The event will be streamed LIVE on volleyballworld.tv

Here we take a look at all the Australian teams competing in Mexico, who they’re up against and when they’ll be in action.

Mariafe Artacho del Solar & Taliqua Clancy (Seed: 5)

2022 World Championships: Quarter-Finals
Best World Championships: 2019 – Bronze Medal, Hamburg GER
Career Highlight: 2020 Olympic Games – Silver Medal, Tokyo JPN

Pool E Matches

Sun 8 Oct 8:30am AEDT v Almanzar/Payano (DOM); World ranking #184
* First meeting

Mon 9 Oct 8:30am AEDT v Liliana/Paula (ESP); World ranking #37
* First meeting

Tue 10 Oct 2:00am AEDT v Gruszczynska/Wachowicz (POL); World ranking #23
* Head-to-head: Artacho del Solar/Clancy lead 1-0
>> 1/12/2022 Artacho del Solar/Clancy d Gruszczynska/Wachowicz 2:0, Elite16 Torquay AUS

Chris McHugh & Paul Burnett (Seed: 17)

2022 World Championships: Round of 32
Best World Championships: 2022, Round of 32, Rome ITA
Career Highlight: 2022 Commonwealth Games – Gold Medal, Birmingham ENG

Pool H Matches

Sat 7 Oct 12:00pm AEDT v Herrera/Gavira (ESP); World ranking #12
* Head-to-head: McHugh/Burnett lead 1-0
>> 21/5/2022 McHugh/Burnett d Herrera/Gavira 2:0, Challenger Kusadasi TUR

Mon 9 Oct 1:00pm AEDT v Cottafava/Nicolai (ITA); World ranking #7
* First meeting

Tue 10 Oct 1:00pm AEDT v Barajas/Cruz (MEX); World ranking #125
* First meeting

Thomas Hodges & Zachery Schubert (Seed: 10)

2022 World Championships: Did not compete
Best World Championships: First appearance
Career Highlight: 2023 Asian Championships – Gold Medal, Fuzhou CHN

Pool B Matches

Sat 7 Oct 7:30am AEDT v Pedrosa/Campos (POR); World ranking #28
* Head-to-head: Hodges/Schubert lead 1-0
>> 14/4/2023 Hodges/Schubert d Pedrosa/Campos 2:0, Challenger Saquarema BRA

Mon 9 Oct 2:00am AEDT v Leon/Marcos (ECU); World ranking #98
* First meeting

Tue 10 Oct 3:00am AEDT v Åhman/Hellvig (SWE); World ranking #2
* First meeting

Mark Nicolaidis & Izac Carracher (Seed: 21)

2022 World Championships: Round of 16
Best World Championships: 2022 Round of 16, Rome ITA
Career Highlight: 2022 World Championships – 9th, Rome ITA

Pool J Matches

Sun 8 Oct 9:30am AEDT v Immers/van de Velde (NED)
* First meeting

Mon 9 Oct 9:30am AEDT v Brouwer/Meeuwsen (NED)
* Head-to-head: Brouwer/Meeuwsen lead 3-0
>> 29/9/2022 Brouwer/Meeuwsen d Nicolaidis/Carracher 2:1, Elite16 Paris FRA
>> 3/11/2022 Brouwer/Meeuwsen d Nicolaidis/Carracher 2:0, Elite16 Cape Town RSA
>> 27/7/2023 Brouwer/Meeuwsen d Nicolaidis/Carracher 2:1, Elite16 Montreal CAN

Tue 10 Oct 9:30am AEDT v Pithak/Poravid (THA)
* Head-to-head: Nicolaidis/Carracher lead 1-0
>> 24/11/2022 Nicolaidis/Carracher d Pithak/Poravid 2:0, Challenger Torquay AUS