Rio de Janeiro, August 13, 2016 - Poland's Monika Brzostek/Kinga Kolosinska clashes with Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy of Australia in their fifth meeting in FIVB World Tour competition to wrap up the round of 16 on day eight for the women. The two teams have split their four matches, but they haven't played each other since August, 2015. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals, and the loser will be eliminated with a 9th-place finish.
Head to Head
The two teams have split their four matches on the FIVB World Tour; however the last win, by the Poles was an injury forfeit
• Brzostek/Kolosinska won by forfeit, Olsztyn Poland Grand Slam, Pool Play, 08/27/2015
• Bawden/Clancy won 21-16 and 21-15 in 34 minutes, Long Beach Grand Slam, Round of 16, 08/21/2015
• Bawden/Clancy won 21-16, 14-21, and 15-12 in 46 minutes, Porec Major Series, Pool Play, 06/04/2015
• Brzostek/Kolosinska won 21-14 and 21-19 in 34 minutes, Berlin Grand Slam, Pool Play, 06/18/2014
Historically the #12 seed has never played the #7 seed in the Olympic Games.
Monika Brzostek/Kinga Kolosinska, Poland, Seed #12, Pool A, 2-1, 2nd Place, Qualified 11th with 4,800 Points in the 2015-16 Olympic qualification period
• Monika: July 28, 1989 (27y0m9d), 173 cm (5'8"), 64 kg (142 lbs.), Hometown Rybnik, 80th FIVB World Tour event (ranks 94th), $169,587 career winnings
• Kinga: June 2, 1990 (26y2m4d), 179 cm (5'10"), 64 kg (142 lbs.), Hometown Lublin, 63rd FIVB World Tour event, $157,662 career winnings
• Monika and Kinga have been playing together since 2010. They are playing in their 55th FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour tournament together (ranks 45th), $309,825 career winnings (ranks 54th).
• Monika has played in two FIVB World Tour final fours with one silver medal and one bronze medal.
• Kinga has played in two FIVB World Tour final fours with one silver medal and one bronze medal.
• Monika and Kinga have played in two Final Fours in 2015-2016 (Bronze Olsztyn Grand Slam 2015, Silver Rio de Janeiro Grand Slam 2016).
• Monika and Kinga finished 9th in the FIVB World Championships in 2013 (Stare Jablonki) and 17th in 2015 (The Hague).
• Monika and Kinga are currently ranked 19th in FIVB World Tour points in 2016 with 2,820 points and 15th in winnings with $91,000.
• Monika and Kinga have a career 94-113 (45.4%) match record in FIVB World Tour Events and a 51-45 (53.1%) record in 2015-16.
• Monika and Kinga won the gold medal at the U21 World Championships in 2009 (Blackpool, England).
• Monika and Kinga won the bronze medal at the European (CEV) Continental Championships in 2015 (Klagenfurt, Austria) and one other silver medal on the CEV Continental Tour in 2012.
• Monika and Kinga are the first women's team from Poland to compete in the Olympic Games for beach volleyball.
• Monika won the bronze medal at the U21 World Championships with Karolina Sowala Marciniak in 2008 (Brighton, England).
• Defeated Lauren Fendrick/Brooke Sweat, United States (13), 14-21, 21-13, and 15-7 in 45 minutes.
• Defeated Ekaterina Birlova/Evgeniya Ukolova, Russia (24), 21-19 and 21-18 in 39 minutes.
• Lost to Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca, Brazil (1), 10-21 and 15-21 in 29 minutes.
Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy, Australia, Seed #7, Pool F, 3-0, 1st Place, Qualified 7th with 5,470 Points in the 2015-16 Olympic qualification period
• Louise: August 7, 1981 (34y11m30d), 184 cm (6'0"), 72 kg (160 lbs.), Hometown Melbourne, 79th FIVB World Tour event, $285,987 career winnings (ranks 58th)
• Taliqua: June 25, 1992 (24y1m12d), 184 cm (6'0"), 68 kg (151 lbs.), Hometown Kingaroy, 43rd FIVB World Tour event, $180,737 career winnings (ranks 96th)
• Louise and Taliqua have been playing together since 2013. They are playing in their 39th FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour tournament together with $357,225 in career winnings (ranks 43rd).
• Louise has played in five FIVB World Tour final fours with one silver medal, one bronze medal and three 4th place finishes.
• Taliqua has played in three FIVB World Tour final fours with one bronze medal and two 4th place finishes.
• Louise and Taliqua have played in three Final Fours in 2015-2016 (Bronze Porec Major 2015, 4th Long Beach Grand Slam 2015, 4th Vitória Open 2016).
• Louise finished 19th in the Olympic Games with Becchara Palmer in 2012 (London).
• Louise and Taliqua finished 17th in the FIVB World Championships in 2013 (Stare Jablonki) and 5th in 2015 (The Hague).
• Louise finished 9th in the FIVB World Championships with Becchara Palmer in 2011 (Rome).
• Louise and Taliqua are currently ranked 32nd in FIVB World Tour points in 2016 with 2,230 points and 23rd in winnings with $62,500.
• Louise and Taliqua have a career 84-91 (48.0%) match record in FIVB World Tour Events and a 52-35 (59.8%) record in 2015-16.
• Louise and Taliqua won gold medals at the Asian (AVC) Continental Championships in 2014 (China) and 2015 (Hong Kong).
• Taliqua won the bronze medal at the U19 World Championships with Eliza Hynes in 2010 (Porto, Portugal).
• Taliqua won the bronze medal at the U21 World Championships with Mariafe Artacho in 2012 (Halifax, Canada).
• Louise was named the FIVB World Tour Top Rookie in 2009.
• Defeated Natalia Alfaro/Karen Charles, Costa Rica (18), 21-15 and 21-14 in 40 minutes
• Defeated Norisbeth Agudo/Olaya Pazo, Venezuela (19), 21-9 and 21-14 in 29 minutes.
• Defeated Madelein Meppelink/Marleen Van Iersel, Netherlands (6), 27-25, 18-21, and 16-14 in 60 minutes.